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The Wakamaru Robot, whose name translates roughly to "Give Me Control of Your Household and I Will Turn Your Children Into a Power Source," recognizes 10,000 words and will house-sit for you, provided you let it have quiet parties sometimes. Designed and sold by Mitsubishi, this yellow robot overlord can be programmed to remind oldsters about their medication or report back on doings around the house. Wakamaru is actually being powered by MontaVista, an embedded Linux distributor, so hopefully he'll have a bit of an open source component to him for further... er... fiery electric sword/buzzsaw attachment upgrades.

Wakamaru Bot at Your Service [Wired]