Back in November, South Korea announced that a project to create robot prison guards was underway. And just as predicted, the robo-guards are ready for their first tests. Check out video (complete with prisoner/robot interaction) after the jump.
The robot looks pretty different from the last time we saw it--a little less cheerful, a little more Cylon-y. But the features seem to be intact: it's equipped with cameras and microphones, so guards can communicate with prisoners remotely. The robots are designed to prowl around autonomously (though they can also be controlled manually with an iPad), and have a system that monitors the mood and behavior of prisoners. Anything out of the ordinary, and it sounds the alarm, bringing human guards running.
The project is currently in the testing stage, presumably at a prison in the coastal city of Pohang.
How is this better or cheaper than having a guy with a stick patrolling? Especially since the guards are on standby anyway?
Dear POPSCI or Dan Nosowitz, from the moment this Robot is put into full use action, can you keep us informed, until the prisoners eventually break it. Oh, and how much this robot cost too, thanks.
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I would be willing to bed that prisoners would have a running bountey on how many robot kills they could collect in a given year. Seriously, I can just imagine one of those bots getting jacked quickly through those prison bars. lol
This also brings up an episode of MacGyver (Season 2, Episode 1 - "The Human Factor") where Mac is asked to attempt to break into a new security system at the Strategic Research Development Administration. Later he's forced to jack a few security robots equipped with lasers. lol
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@GMarsack - I was thinking the same thing (about the prisoners breaking the robot). Why not just buy a bunch of cheap security cameras and feed them to the robot's software? It could do the same analysis w/o the cost of the robot body. (Or, as killerT said, a guy with a stick would probably be cheaper.)
Just wait until there are Robot prisoners :-8
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2012 = "Mood Screw"
Why use the money on making the robot mobile, when you could place cameras in front of the cells?
Does it come equipped with candles and champagne?