"Snow-eating" robot from Japan: the future of snow forts?
As a kid growing up in a pretty snowy area, part of the wintertime ritual was building a snow fort. Not being talented snow sculptors, one year my friends and I decided to make "bricks" by packing snow into recycling bins, pouring cold water over it, and using the resulting molded ice bricks to construct our forts. (Being kids, our patience for this lasted all of one brick, so the forts weren't a lot to write home about)
But behold! Japan brings us the robotic answer to not just your snow shoveling woes, but snow fort brickmaking as well!