Professors at Tokyo University have developed a robot that can help out around the house. It's movements are jerky and not very fast, but this robot can pour a cup of tea and even wash the cup afterwards. Because really, if you're gonna invest four years of your life into a robot, your primary goal should be getting it to do the least exciting things possible. Why not build a robot that sits in a chair and reads a book?
Check out video of the robot in action here.