My Keepon, $80
This is an affordable commercial version of the Keepon robot that we’ve written about before. Keepon was originally developed as an aid in doing social robotics/autism research. The developers of the bot have even done projects for MAKE. Keepon is a strange little dancing yellow blob, but with its diverse reactions, it’s a great example of machines that can be designed to appear like they have a real personality and feelings. I really want to get one of these and find out what the hacks potential is.