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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The main event of the third day of the 11th meeting of the Valdai International Discussion Club in Sochi was the closing session with President Vladimir Putin. The atmosphere was calm and open, despite the current political tensions and the Russia-West confrontation. The Russian president said that it corresponded to the spirit of the Valdai Club.