ZMP nuvo robots.
ZMP has come up with a bipedal robot called "nuvo." Standing at 39cm and weighing 2.5kg, the nuvo guy is ready to go to new institutional or industrial homes right now for a cool [yen]3 million, but ZMP plans to make it available to the great unwashed for about a half million yen. Using the company's "Advanced Media" voice recognition engine, nuvo will respond to direct voice input, or can even be controlled via a FOMA mobile phone. Nuvo runs for about half an hour on its rechargeable lithium batteries and, in case you were wondering, the name "nuvo" is a play on the French word "nouveau."
More Info: www.zmp.co.jp/