Mac & Mac's Pick: The Cocorobo

By WEEK Producer

April 5, 2013 Updated Apr 5, 2013 at 10:46 PM CDT

JAPAN -- The latest household gadget, now being tested in Japan, is a self-propelled floor cleaner.

"Sure", you say, "they've got those now". Which is true, but this one has some extra features.

The cocorobo, a vacuum cleaning robot that engineers have tweaked with artificial intelligence functions.

It not only cleans the floor...but will watch Japanese game shows with you.

Well, maybe not,.

But the developer -- electronics maker sharp --says cocorobo can give the homeowner the latest the latest news, weather, and other information.