Patlabor, the iconic Japanese anime, will be reborn this year—as a WiFi tower.
Osaka's MSystem is rolling out a new series of "intelligent" WiFi towers named after the Patlabor mecha, complete with licensing approval for using the moniker.
The tower's design was based on the AV-98 Ingram, the Tokyo Police Patrol Labor ("Patlabor") featured in the anime. The WiFi tower is over two feet tall and is designed for industrial or business use to help monitor equipment as well as things like temperature. It's equipped with a warning system as well as four LED lights: red, orange, green, and blue.
Patlabor debuted in 1988 and was helmed by Mamoru Oshii, perhaps best known in the West for Ghost in the Shell.