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Nuvo

While it's not Rosie the Robot from the Jetsons, it is the first home-use humanoid robot — and it's name is Nuvo ($7000). Designed to be a helper and companion, Nuvo is much like a dog that can tell you the time and date, take pictures of your place while you're away, and play music. It reacts to conversational commands, and also reacts to general environmental stimuli like TV shows or guests. To get a better idea of all that Nuvo can do, check out this article from the New York Times. Expensive, yes, but the day of home companion robots is here — and it looks pretty sweet.

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