Guardrobo D1 activate anti-theft device! Guardrobo D1 put out fire! Guardrobo D1 GO! Every couple of days we get a product that just touches our whimsy spot and makes us smile.

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Guardrobo D1 is a programmable guard robot (Guard+Robot. Get it?) designed to patrol stores and offices in Japan. This pint-sized fellow will relay back camera information, listen for intruders, and can even put out fires. Interestingly enough, they are touting the Guardrobo as a solution for the problem of an aging population. Because 1 in 5 Japanese are 65 or older, they don't have enough strapping young security guards. Therefore, they'll become subservient to demonic robots. "BRING ME OIL, OLD MAN!"

Japanese robot guards to patrol shops, offices [Reuters]