Holiday reading part 1 Robo sapiens is a broad survey of what is going on in Robotics. There are lots of lovely pictures and annoyingly little detail on each robot. The range is large though, from humanoid robots, to real robots doing useful things. Coincidentally one of our sons got a robot for his birthday. It is from Teksta and is called a "Boy-bot". Like the old Tamagotchis it needs to the looked after. It responds to sound, movement and pressing buttons on its front and back. For the first day I wanted to make sure that it was looked after. But after that I got tired of it. My wife wanted to make sure that it didn't get too sad for several days, however it just lies forgotten in a corner now.