Elephantine e’PISSoir robot debuts in Kobe Japan
..a urinal cleaning robot, the “DCBA” in Kobe Airport terminal..Oh.my.God. I am taken back to my life in this country within a millisecond of reading this. I can confirm that all of this is true. By true I mean his explanation and that folks there would think that an elephant in your airport bathroom would be seen as appropriate. Granted if this was the US we might consider a pink elephant since the bank of restrooms would likely be near the airport bars (after security), and those serving "doubles for a $1.00 more"...and by those I mean SFO.
..Mr. Susumu Kanai was in charge of the design of the DCBA. He said that, ” I imaged a powerful reversal of the urinal drain would be like an elephant and used this as the theme. Following that reversal theme, the robot’s brand name “DCBA” DCBA in Japanese [pronounced “DaSuBiEh“] is the reversal of the letters “ABCD.”
Mr. Kanai explained, “To express performing things in sequence in Japanese is commonly referred to as doing something “ABC” — I thought it would be a good idea for the logo to be the mirror reversal of ABCD….