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Forget RoboCop: Robo-guard Patrols Korean Prisons, Forsees Trouble

o Elizabeth Fish
13.04.2012 kl 15:05 | PC World (US)

While there are a number of robots in fiction created to fight crime or hang out with the heros of the plot-line, few ideas for robotic cops have really surfaced in real life. Although, prisons in South Korea are now testing out a robot designed to make the roughest of cell blocks safer for both guards and prisoners.

 

While there are a number of robots in fiction created to fight crime or hang out with the heros of the plot-line, few ideas for robotic cops have really surfaced in real life. Although, prisons in South Korea are now testing out a robot designed to make the roughest of cell blocks safer for both guards and prisoners.

Robo-guard is smart due to the way it can interact with humans--while it's patrolling corridors containing inmates, it is able to sense how a person is feeling. If it senses any abnormalities, it will transmit its data in real-time to the control centre for further action.

Inside, Robo-guard contains a number of cameras, including 3D a one, a microphone, and software designed for analysing human emotion. Officers can also speak to inmates without having to leave the control room, and even though Robo-guard is autonomous, it can be controlled manually by an iPad. Once it feels an incident may kick off due to an inmates' behavior, human officers will then be alerted to the scene. The robot can protect inmates against attacks, suicide and arson.

Developers are hoping to create a prison robot that can also undertake strip searches, but until the technology will allow such functioning, Robo-guard's ability to sense trouble is pretty amazing.

Check out the video below to see how the software and how things look from the control room end:

[Reuters]

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