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The Japanese T-34 "robocop" can net intruders, and is controlled by cell phone.  (Source: Javno)
New robocop can be controlled by cell phone, can disable intruders

The Japanese are known for some pretty cool robots.  Recently, DailyTech reported on exoskeletons developed in Japan that could be the first step towards mech-powered infantry, with the exoskeleton adding hundreds of pounds to the force of the human body's muscular movements.

Now the Japanese have done it again, with two Japanese security firms, Tmsuk Co and Alacom Co, unveiling a new product -- a "robocop"

The prototype is named T-34 (fortunately, they didn't name it ED-209).  It is targeted for sales to police agencies and for large companies looking for a better solution to night watches. 

The robot moves at 10 KPH (6 MPH) and can be remote controlled by a security guard either at a control terminal or via a cell phone interface developed by the company.  Real time images of what the robot sees are transmitted to the operator, including via cell-phone.

The robot can throw a net over intruders, foiling their escape attempts.  It is also relatively quiet and equipped with sensors to detect motion from possible intruders.  In a joint statement the companies describe, "Security sensors often set off false alarms but examining the location with the robot will lead to more efficient operations."

The companies have announced no plans bring the device to the U.S. or upgrade it to feature more advanced weaponry.

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star wars hallway bot
By TheDoc9 on 1/28/2009 11:14:05 AM , Rating: 5
only 67 revisions to go until the magic 'T-101'.

RE: star wars hallway bot
By MrBlastman on 1/28/2009 11:23:48 AM , Rating: 5
I still thinks dolphins with lasers on their back would be more cost effective... not to mention cooler. Just build a moat around the building.

Tonight, on Channel 34... Flippernator!

RE: star wars hallway bot
By Bender 123 on 1/28/2009 11:30:33 AM , Rating: 4
Ah yes...but imagine how effective a dolphin would be stopping a bank robber...unless they have a large fountain for the dolphin to operate from, its kinda useless. It would be like "Old Kentucky Shark". Just laying around on the floor.

I am leaning towards mind controlled grizzly bears and sharks. Because, according to space ghosts nature documentary, they are natures best friends.

RE: star wars hallway bot
By MrBlastman on 1/28/2009 11:36:54 AM , Rating: 5
Why not have razor-blade wielding badgers instead? You could even boost them with bionic hindquarters for enhanced range capabilities. They are small enough to sneak around the bad guys in tight quarters, and vicious enough to deter even the biggest of foes.

Badger badger badger badger badger badger badger...

RE: star wars hallway bot
By Spookster on 1/28/2009 1:31:35 PM , Rating: 5
Or squirrels with miniature swords. Piss them off and they go for the nuts.

RE: star wars hallway bot
By Murloc on 1/28/2009 2:30:27 PM , Rating: 2
what about german sheperds with lasers?
they are by far the cutest dogs ever seen, and with lasers they would be more useful against armed foes.

RE: star wars hallway bot
By StevoLincolnite on 1/28/2009 3:19:10 PM , Rating: 4
Genetically modified Kangaroo's so they are the size of GodZilla, they have to have Boxing gloves to match though.

RE: star wars hallway bot
By Gul Westfale on 1/29/2009 1:59:40 AM , Rating: 2
why don't we just train snakes to strangle an intruder by wrapping themselves around the guy's neck?

alternatively, these would come in handy in a home invasion scenario:

RE: star wars hallway bot
By parge on 1/28/2009 6:52:40 PM , Rating: 2
Ahhhhhhhhh You guys make me laugh!

RE: star wars hallway bot
By gfxBill on 1/28/2009 7:57:12 PM , Rating: 2
small enough to sneak around the bad guys in tight quarters

Or sneak around the bad quarters in guys tights...


RE: star wars hallway bot
By Dreifort on 1/28/2009 11:37:10 AM , Rating: 4

Space Ghost: What a wonderful story. I wonder who owns the movie rights.
Zorak: Ted Turner.
Space Ghost: Oh well, nevermind.

RE: star wars hallway bot
By 325hhee on 1/28/2009 11:50:15 AM , Rating: 3
I still thinks dolphins with lasers on their back would be more cost effective... not to mention cooler. Just build a moat around the building.

Superman, you go fly and scout the area, Batman go hide in the shadows, and stealth around, Flash, run around and find some clues, Aquaman, Umm... You go talk to some fish.

RE: star wars hallway bot
By jconan on 2/4/2009 12:24:12 AM , Rating: 2
Wasn't there attack dolphins in a game or from X Gundam? They sure seemed ineffective against the Akula sub or Natasha.

RE: star wars hallway bot
By 67STANG on 1/28/2009 12:45:23 PM , Rating: 2
Yeah, and maybe the T-101 could actually move faster than 6mph.... I mean come on.... Aside from the morbidly obese, how is this thing going to throw a net over an average intruder who can run almost double that speed?

RE: star wars hallway bot
By Samus on 1/28/2009 3:21:18 PM , Rating: 2
I can't believe it's model number begins with a T. Somebody's got a sense of humor in that engineering team...and usually engineers are pretty draft ;)

RE: star wars hallway bot
By MrPoletski on 2/4/2009 5:00:59 AM , Rating: 2
That thing looks more like K-9.

By Bender 123 on 1/28/2009 11:18:59 AM , Rating: 2
Its great until some kid and a crackhead minigun it down and hack off its legs and arms...Or until its secret 4th directive is activated.

RE: Awsome!
By Dreifort on 1/28/09, Rating: -1
RE: Awsome!
By MadMan007 on 1/28/2009 12:46:05 PM , Rating: 2
The 4th directive is that butthurt neocons quit crying about the election.

RE: Awsome!
By Dreifort on 1/28/09, Rating: -1
RE: Awsome!
By MadMan007 on 1/28/2009 2:02:40 PM , Rating: 3
When this
regardless if it goes against the principals of the law?
is the basis of opposition I just have to chuckle and shake my head.

RE: Awsome!
By robinthakur on 1/29/2009 6:18:28 AM , Rating: 5
Opposition is healthy, but reading several of your posts where you call your president things like "Mr. Hussein", compare non republicans to Hamas etc just sounds like you're an ignorant moron, which in turn doesn't really help people's perception of the Repulican party you presumably represent as being rather nasty individuals who don't read newspapers and can't distinguish between continents and countries. You did lose for a reason this time around...try and work out why while you sit the next 4-8 years out of power on the bench.

RE: Awsome!
By Dreifort on 1/29/09, Rating: -1
RE: Awsome!
By Suntan on 1/29/2009 9:54:04 AM , Rating: 3
More importantly, I think everyone needs to take a step back and appreciate that this person thinks ‘butthurt’ is a “big word.”


RE: Awsome!
By Avitar on 1/29/2009 12:26:59 PM , Rating: 2
Like "butthurt" 'sarcasm' is a small word for things that fly over your head.

RE: Awsome!
By Suntan on 1/29/2009 1:02:05 PM , Rating: 2
Sorry, no. I have read a few of Mr. Ds other posts. I firmly believe he considers it a big word and does not have the capacity for sarcasm...


RE: Awsome!
By Dreifort on 1/29/09, Rating: 0
RE: Awsome!
By Etsp on 1/28/2009 7:48:43 PM , Rating: 1
+1, I would have rated you up, but I accidentally rated up the wrong person...

RE: Awsome!
By MrPoletski on 2/4/2009 5:26:32 AM , Rating: 1
4th directive?

Is that the directive that says you can enforce the law and call out things you see wrong with someone's actions... unless it's George Bush - then you must accept anything he says as the law - regardless if it goes against the principals of the law?

That's gotta be the 4th directive.


Intruders know how to strafe!
By Kibbles on 1/28/2009 11:30:15 AM , Rating: 3
I saw this in a video and it looked pretty weak. All the "intruders" it was shooting at just stood there guarding themselves waiting to be shot.
I don't know about thieves in Japan, but ones I've seen run like a cheetah and jump like a freaking kangaroo. There was this one copper thief we caught on the plant camera and called the police on. He jumped a 10ft fence easier than Faith in Mirrors Edge...

RE: Intruders know how to strafe!
By MadMan007 on 1/28/2009 12:45:07 PM , Rating: 5
Didn't you know Japanese robbers are very porite?

RE: Intruders know how to strafe!
By choadenstein on 1/28/2009 12:51:51 PM , Rating: 2
Not to mention this wonderful factoid

The robot moves at 10 KPH (6 MPH)

I jog on the treadmill at more than 6 MPH.

Also, I love how it's tiny and wheeled and shoots a net which has a range of what? 30 feet?. I can see the video now of a robber simply throwing a tree branch or similar item large enough for it not to be able to roll over in front of it and briskly walking away.

RE: Intruders know how to strafe!
By djc208 on 1/28/2009 1:32:38 PM , Rating: 2
Well it's probably only replacing an overweight security guard making minimum wage and equipped with a can of Mace. The robot will go after the crook if only because it's programmed too. I wouldn't bet the same on the security guard.

Besides, this is probably just the public image. They want all the criminals (and the public) to think it's slow and useless on purpose. Meanwhile the people ordering one get to choose from real weaponry. The crooks will think they're safe until the shotgun tazer round hits them!

RE: Intruders know how to strafe!
By Suntan on 1/29/2009 10:07:38 AM , Rating: 2
simply throwing a tree branch

Yeah, I was thinking that you could just step up onto a curb and foil the thing.

Anyway, how is this thing really any better than a security camera mounted on each side of the building? Other than giving the security guy an overly expensive “RC car” to play with instead of falling asleep half way thru his shift.

As for adding yet another lame movie/tv reference to the growing list, didn’t Chewy yell at one of these things and scare it away back about 30-some years ago?


Nice Shot Son!
By Shida on 1/28/2009 11:17:28 AM , Rating: 3
The Old Man: Nice shooting, son. What's your name?
RoboCop: Murphy.

RE: Nice Shot Son!
By Dreifort on 1/28/2009 11:34:36 AM , Rating: 2
Then RoboCop comes to America:

"Can you fix him?"
"This isn't a valve job on a Chevy. I never worked on a damn Robocop before."

RE: Nice Shot Son!
By Thrymm on 1/28/2009 12:00:28 PM , Rating: 2
I had to kill Bob Morton because he made a mistake, now its time to erase that mistake.

Japanese already created their "robocop"
By corduroygt on 1/28/2009 11:12:09 AM , Rating: 2
It is called Otomo.

RE: Japanese already created their "robocop"
By Tsuwamono on 1/28/2009 12:02:21 PM , Rating: 2
You mean Asimo?

By Dreifort on 1/28/2009 12:11:59 PM , Rating: 2
Just give me..
By InternetGeek on 1/28/2009 5:05:10 PM , Rating: 2
A Tachikoma.

That is all.

RE: Just give me..
By dgingeri on 1/28/2009 5:37:13 PM , Rating: 3
as soon as we can get a AI that can write songs in classic japanese style, 4 adjustable wheeled legs that can propel 2000lbs of metal at 70mph, and thermoptic camo, we'll be good to go.

By Screwballl on 1/28/09, Rating: 0
RE: T34?
By Tsuwamono on 1/28/2009 12:04:12 PM , Rating: 2
Think my IBM T-30 has a device hidden inside it waiting to catch me doing something illegal?

RE: T34?
By MrPoletski on 2/4/2009 5:29:03 AM , Rating: 2
Yes, but fear not, wrapping it in tin foil will protect you.

The robot moves at 10 KPH (6 MPH)...
By fifthlake on 1/28/2009 1:04:19 PM , Rating: 2
6 MPH? So it’s basically a camera on wheels. The only intruders it’s going to "net" are senior citizens and criminals who only feel the need to walk away when spotted...

By Schrag4 on 1/28/2009 4:48:56 PM , Rating: 2
I was thinking the exact same thing. Maybe the idea is to have a dozen of these things at every door leading outside the building and sprinkled throughout the complex, so that you can just fire the net as he or she sprints past each bot. *rolls eyes*

By madoka on 1/28/2009 7:46:00 PM , Rating: 2
The real RoboCop is too busy eating Korean chicken and stealing refrigerators.

Scroll towards the bottom:

By wired00 on 1/28/2009 9:56:27 PM , Rating: 2
haha love how they're so excited that he just randomly walks off with their fridge (and chicken)

Looks like...
By daar on 1/28/2009 7:08:26 PM , Rating: 2'd be no better than current Japanese cops at catching naked old British men...

japan crime rate, or lack of...
By wired00 on 1/28/2009 9:52:02 PM , Rating: 2
whats funny is that the crime rate is so low over there they hardly need robo police. I think the engineers just wanted a robocop for the hell of it

"you have 10 seconds to comply... you have 9 seconds to comply..."

Basic psychology
By bfellow on 1/29/2009 2:45:42 PM , Rating: 2
Is basic psychology one of its subroutines? Does it have a self-learning CPU?

By mfabell on 2/16/2009 5:26:47 AM , Rating: 2
Autonomous sentry robots that shoot and kill on sight stationed at the borders of Korea and Israel, more than 12,000 war robots presently serving in Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan, funding for the US Future Combat System exceeding $230 billion ...

I think the problem in realistic situations is usually the time component: Go to war killing 1 innocent now to save 10 innocents over the next 5 years? What makes this devilish is the difficulty in accurately predicting the next 5 years.

Using robots for combats will not improve our accuracy in predicting future outcomes. All it will do is reduce the costs of going to war (both, human/political and financial costs), and further desensitivize us to warfare (we've all experienced this from watching TV).

Some good background material here:

Gianmarco Veruggio: Roboethics -
Noel Sharkey: Robot Ethics (Part 1) -
Ronald Arkin: Robot Ethics (Part 2) (coming up) -

Great to see the public slowly becoming sensitive to this issue before the robots take over!!


I can see it now
By Smilin on 1/28/2009 4:39:04 PM , Rating: 1
..halt and identify..

..please lay face down on the ground with your hands behind your head.. warning..

<fires net>

Thief: Hey! Watch it! You almost hit my face! .... Geez I could have tripped on that thing! Aw man you made me scuff my flashlight when I dropped it.

<ties robot up in net they stepped out of>

By Seemonkeyscanfly on 1/28/09, Rating: -1
"We don't know how to make a $500 computer that's not a piece of junk." -- Apple CEO Steve Jobs
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