Check out this hot-off-the-presses clip of the iSparky prototype going toe-to-toe with a 2 year old girl. Telepresence has never been quite this adorable before.
iSparky is still in the prototype stage. It utilizes an iPad 2, an iRobot Create chassis, Apple Facetime software and the Sparky Control App. It can be operated from anywhere in the world and costs well below $1000. The hardware can be assembled and the software installed in 30-45 minutes.