Now that NASA's Curiosity rover has safely parked itself on Mars and started translating digital photographs with picture quality circa the 1990s, it's got us to thinking about our own little robot friends and who to invite into our homes as our latest tech pets. Come join us to see what's available in robo-tech that doesn't cost $2.6 billion dollars.
The Rovio Mobile Webcam A Wi-Fi controlled robot sounds fun as it is but add streaming video/audio and you have your own little Mars rover, except you'll be terrorizing the dog at home while you're wasting time at work. The Rovio has been out for quite some time but it's still the sweetest remote controlled robot around.
Spykee the Spy Robot The Spykee is but a toy from Erector, but for the price you get a Wi-Fi enabled robot for a fraction of the price of the Rovio, complete with webcam, speakers, and microphone.
iRobot Roomba, Scooba, Looj & Verro The Roomba started things off and dozens of copycats have tried to suck up market share. They all seem to fall by the wayside as the mighty Roomba has ruled the roost as the robotic vacuum cleaner of choice. The lineup is expanded to include mopping, pool cleaners, and gutter cleaning robots as well. They even make for great artwork and provide pet rides.