Reading Digital Homes came across HRP-2, one of the latest Japanese bi-pedal robots - good review site at here. HRP-2 is focussed on manual work rather than domesticity and has been used to operate mechanical diggers and the like.
HRP-2 also comes in a Transformer guise looking like a real Japanese manga robot.
Good photo of the various robots at Robodex 2003.
***Imported from old blog***