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.