Handy robots are like the cute puppies of the world. No-one wants a stationery 'bot, as much as they don't want one of these. *shudder* Surely the golden retriever of the robot world is one that actually does household chores.

This Japanese robot can fold towels—albeit very small towels—faster than it takes to dirty them. While they're not in humanoid form, think of the hours you—or your mother—would save with a pair of these in the house. [Ishikawa Oku Lab via Ieee Spectrum]