During the 1980s, the excitement around robotics seemed to have hit its peak. Movies and television shows were littered with robots. They were everywhere. You could pick up a robot of your own at Radio Shack, Toys R Us, Crazy Eddie, and other retail outlets. Honestly, most of these robots were just fancy remote-controlled devices such as Robie, Verbot, andOmnibot. To get a robot for the home that had a computer built-in to make the robot perform a real function was going to cost you close to a thousand dollars or more. Robots like those that come to mind are Hero and Topo. Here is a news segment from the time discussing the robot revolution that never happened (not in the home anyway).