Original URL: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2013/11/15/robocleaner_suicide/

Goodbye cruel world: Robot 'commits suicide' in KITCHEN FIREBALL

Marvin's robotic and spiritual kin reduced to ashes in Austrian kitchen

By Lester Haines

Posted in Bootnotes, 15th November 2013 06:02 GMT

A robotic cleaner delivered a damning indictment of life in Hinterstoder, Austria, on Saturday, by trundling onto a kitchen stove where it ended its days as a pile of ashes.

The local fire brigade reports it was alerted to a house fire at around 1.30pm, and having entered the premises wearing breathing equipment, found the incinerated robot on top of the hotplate of a wood-burning stove.

The incinerated robot. Pic: FF Hinterstoder

The 44-year-old owner had apparently left the device switched off on an adjacent worktop, before going out with his family.

Left to its own devices, the robot reactivated and wheeled itself into the hereafter. ®