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Week in video: Robots of the future, technology today

A humanoid robot with a back story, developers using robotics in daily life, and a tech-centric look at Tokyo.

At the RoboDevelopment Conference and Exposition in San Jose, Calif., we get a look at some robotics that could make their way to the market in the next few years. Also, we have a special look at Tokyo, a city well-known for its efficiency and as an epicenter for technology.

When you first see Zeno, you might think you're looking at a robot of the distant future. Actually, this humanoid robot--complete with an interesting back story--is set to be available in 2009 for a pretty reasonable price tag. Take a look at a Zeno prototype and hear what makes this robot different from others targeted at the consumer market.

And be sure to take a look at all the other at the RoboDevelopment Conference and Exposition. CNET's Michael Kanellos talks to several developers who are trying to use robotics for daily needs and purposes.

Kanellos also takes a look at . From the geek-oriented Akihabara neighborhood to temples hidden amid the city, Tokyo boasts a mix of past, present, and future. It's seen as a model for other cities dealing with a booming population.

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Zeno, a humanoid robot with a $300 price tag, is set to be released in 2009. CNET's Michael Kanellos takes a look at a prototype and asks why this one may be different than others that have come before it.

From the RoboDevelopment Conference and Exposition in San Jose, Calif.,'s Michael Kanellos takes a look at the show's most impressive robotic developments, including a robotic hand for the disabled.

Tokyo is arguably the high-tech capital of the world.'s Michael Kanellos took a camera with him on a recent trip to see why this city has gained the status it has.