This post is for Timbo, robot guy and art dude. I think I found your calling:
Engaging Robotics through Design and Art. Just heard a talk about it by Carl DiSalvo from Carnegie Mellon University.
Consider their project Pearl:
They created a configurable robot head that could take on 32 different looks, and trying to figure out which "look" was the most approachable. The head above was the one they finally settled on.
Designing robots, Tim! Sounds like it's right up your alley.
Another cool "robot" that'd be GREAT for long-distance relationships :P The Hug, which sends cuddly "touch-messages" via heating patches, pressure points and microphones. I'd order the first one!
Also, iRobot brought a bunch of Rhoombas. I want/need one, and GHC participants get 20% off.
I am torn once again. Intelligent User Interfaces or Robotics? OR BOTH?!