They can provide home security, show movies, and remind you to take your pills.
The Most French Butler:
French Buddy is billed as a ‘companion,’ but also performs some very butler-like tasks. It can receive your Skype calls by turning Buddy’s face into a screen. The bot keeps watch around the house and can send alerts to your smartphone when it sees a problem. Because the machine has facial recognition, it can also serve as a messenger by relaying messages between different people in the house and reminding owners what to do and when. Buddy is open-source too, if you want to program it to do more. Oh, and this butler’s multilingual, with English and French on board. Prices start around $650.