Vladimir Metlushko's robot, built over a period of two years, was initially designed for military scouting and mine sweeping.
"But when I started a family, the device's purpose changed. It became both a nanny and a toy for our ten month-old son," he said.
Metlushko assembled the device in his kitchen from commonly-available items, such as a webcam, a motherboard, a laser range-finder, rechargeable batteries, a wi-fi transmitter and a bicycle brake. The robot is able to speak, move, carry a baby, move objects, broadcast images, and iron clothes.
The engineer said he planned to upgrade the device, named Alien, in order to extend its household functions.
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