Jun 26, 2007
As of today, the city of Perm in Russia has a robot policeman patrolling the streets. The robot, named R BOT 001 (I wonder who picked the name) is a 250kg and 180cm high. The best part is that the robot is getting official rank. He is currently a trainee, but will soon become a cadet.
I’ve yet to find a picture of it
(EDIT: Pictures found — it looks unbelievably Russian
!), but his description (“between a bomb and an egg”) seems to indicate that it’s a bulky body on wheels, designed in a tank-like fashion to minimize possiblities of crooks damaging it. The robot has a help button for passerby’s. What that button does is unclear, but potentially puts you in touch with local humans. R BOT has 5 cameras to perceive it’s environment, and can issue simple commands to folks up to no good. The robot’s handler jokes that perhaps a monotonous and repeating instruction will sink better in than a human one.
I’m really excited to see the details, which I’m should emerge in the next few days when the major newssites pick up on the story.
[via News.com.au, Image credit: Technovelgy]
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