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Now You See It: Amazing robots of tomorrow

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Engineers in Japan are working hard to develop realistic android that may some day make life a lot easier. (Source: CNN) Engineers in Japan are working hard to develop realistic android that may some day make life a lot easier. (Source: CNN)
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A country that's on the leading edge of robot technology, engineers in Japan are working to develop realistic androids that could some day make life a lot easier.

Why does something so cool have to be so expensive? Honda's humanoid robot Asimo is always a crowd pleaser, but the almost $1 million price tag prevents most from being able to own it.

Now imagine this in your family's future... a robot that gets you out of bed, serves you a drink, and even makes you breakfast. 

Twendy-one is the brainchild of Waseda University professor Shigeki Sugano. "This robot can understand the location of the bed, the fridge, and the kitchen," Sugano said. His team's mission is mass production, making a robot like this both reliable and affordable.

He says it will be 30 to 50 years before "family robots" are rolling off assembly lines like family cars. The technology is still too expensive, but commercial robots are already here.

For about $2,000, Pepper can sense if you're having a bad day and cheer you up. For just under $6,000, a therapy robot can become a cuddly comfort for seniors who can no longer care for their pets.

Blinking eyes, silicone skin, life like moments... the new androids at this Tokyo technology museum look almost like real people, with a lot of plastic surgery. It all may seem a bit strange to some, but it wasn't too long ago when many thought camera phones wouldn't catch on. Call them cool, call them creepy, Japanese engineers hope someday you'll call these robots your own.

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