Snow beware, Yuki-taro is hungry

Given the fact that large chunks of the UK are currently incapacitated by the evils of snow (seriously, a couple of inches and we grind to a halt), this Japanese snow-gobbling robot seems very appropriate.  With a bevy of GPS sensors, cameras and a little bit of intelligence, it prowls the icy streets on its dinky tank-tracks, feasting on delicious snow and compressing it into solid blocks.

Those blocks are then jettisoned out of the back, to be collected and stored for Summer cooling needs.  Genius.

Japan's snow-digesting Picachu bot []