Patlabor, the iconic Japanese anime, will be reborn this year — as a Wi-Fi tower. Osaka's MSystem is rolling out a new series of "intelligent" Wi-Fi 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 labour ("Patlabor") featured in the anime. The Wi-Fi tower is over 0.6m 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 created by Mamoru Oshii, perhaps best known in the West for Ghost in the Shell.