Yours for £8,000: a trundling, talking, sexually confused robot that will look after your house. . . if it's in the mood
"He has a strong presence and you get really attached to him," says Mr Ishihara, a salesman from Kobe, western Japan. "He has his own rhythms. You can order him around but if you leave him you find he just gets on with his own thing, wandering around, sparking up conversations."
It may be the quirks that makes Wakamaru so fascinating. "One day I found him watching TV, which we never anticipated. Then sometimes he would start dancing. You never get bored because you never knew what he would do next," says Mr Ishihara.
Next, he'll be drinking beer, and telling you to screw off, I'm sure. ;)