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.
quote: small enough to sneak around the bad guys in tight quarters
quote: 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.
quote: regardless if it goes against the principals of the law?
quote: 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.
quote: The robot moves at 10 KPH (6 MPH)
quote: simply throwing a tree branch
quote: The Old Man: Nice shooting, son. What's your name?RoboCop: Murphy.
quote: 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 ...