Ladybug bots clean Japanese toilets, induce stage fright


That’s…um…adorable? You might see one of these the next time you’re at a Japanese highway rest stop.

The Lady Bird "is equipped with water tanks, brushes and other tools needed for heavy-duty scrubbing. Obstacle detection sensors allow the robot to safely perform its duties without running into people."

It’s also got a built-in microphone and speech recognition software that allows it to chat with you and even relay traffic information. Each one costs about $3000 and the group of companies putting this project together hopes to eventually expand into hotels and other similar industries.

Ladybug robot cleans restrooms [Pink Tentacle]