SociBot-Mini is a weird little desktop robot, one with a face that's designed to be part display. The USP is that it can load in an image of someone's actual face, then display and animate that while you talk to them, with eyes that follow you about the room. That won't in anyway distress children and animals.
Incredibly, if you want one you can have one right now, as maker Engineered Arts is selling it online for £9,500. You could then install Rachel Riley's face on it and play Countdown or a selection of other harder/more extreme parlour games at home, although the proper idea is to one day use it to power friendly and interactive information terminals in public spaces. [New Scientist]