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Geek Gifts for the Top 1%: The Emotive Robotic Avatar

If a 7 foot robot is too much for you, perhaps this Emotive Robotic Avatar is a better choice. Its 19 motors embedded in the base control the puppet's realistic movements, and multicolor LEDs embedded in the eyes and antennae provide even more visual feedback. The avatar is controlled via an included tablet PC from up to 30 feet away and is capable of expressing five feelings (happy, confused, angry, sad, and embarrassed), and contains a microphone and pinhole camera to send viewer feedback to the operator. Available from Hammacher Schlemmer for $65,000.

Image courtesy Hammacher Schlemmer.

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