Snowbot - Eats Snow Makes Ice BricksRobots are a fast-moving area of development these days, and scientists have wasted no time in helping people cope with the annual winter blues of show shoveling. The robot pictured here not only clears the sidewalk, or driveway, it takes the snow it collects and packs them into ice bricks.

These bricks can be stored and allowed to melt or alternatively could provide cooling elements as part of a renewable energy strategy.