TOKYO: A human-shaped, walking robot, which can dance and pick itself up if it falls over, is to go on sale in Japan. Nuvo was unveiled at a Tokyo technology show by a company called ZMP. It can also recognise over 1,000 voice commands, including “stop” and “bow”. Nuvo, who’s 39cm tall, will cost around £2,500. It can be remote controlled by mobile phone. A camera in its head can also feed into video mobiles.

ZMP say people could use Nuvo to watch over their homes while they’re out. They also unveiled a new cricket-ball sized robot fitted with 15 cameras to control home security. Sony’s dog-shaped Aibo robot has been on sale to the public since 1999.