Watchdogs are so 20th century. With the advent of wireless internet access and easy programming tools, you can get a machine to do pretty much anything you want from a remote location — it’s this idea that spawned the Sputnik Robot from Dr. Robot ($4050). Sputnik comes complete and assembled with modules such as built-in WiFi, two motion sensors, two-way audio monitors, video monitors — well, you get the picture. The wireless internet connection and customizable software not only allow you to send commands to the Sputnik on the fly, but also write customizable AI routines to keep your home safe when you’re away. All this, plus you get a little buddy who strangely reminds us of Johnny 5 from Short Circuit.