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For those who have everything: The iPhone robot

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This "strangely charming" mobile robot ($149) offers proof that we're living in "a golden age of toys," says Erik Sofge at The Wall Street Journal. Place an iPhone or iPod Touch atop Romo and you can bring him to life by using a second iOS device as a remote. He can roll into a room, engage the occupant in a video chat, and change his facial expressions accordingly. But "the real magic" happens when you program in a personality. Want a shy Romo? He'll back away in fear whenever the phone's camera sees a face, then creep forward with head bowed. Pick him up and he'll giggle.