Now, a ”robocop” to capture suspects

January 23rd, 2009 - 1:19 pm ICT by ANI  

London, Jan 23 (ANI): Not sure that the security guards in your office would be able to protect you in case of an invasion? Well, then get ready for “robocop”a prototype security android equipped with heat sensors that can detect intruders and armed with a net to hurl over suspects.

Developed by a Japanese robot maker Tmsuk Co in collaboration with security firm Alacom Co, the T-34 moves on four wheels at a speed of 10 kmh.

The robocop can be controlled by a person who can see real-time images of its location through video link to a security centre or even a mobile phone.

The company wants to develop squads of robots that will be able to keep an artificial eye on office buildings and industrial complexes.

In fact, Tmsuk Co spokeswoman Mariko Ishikawa said that scientists might even develop future versions that could be used in homes.

“We have basically designed the robot for corporate use and we expect private security companies to buy them instead of using human guards, but there will also be those tailored for use in homes,” The Telegraph quoted her as saying.

Standing at 60-cm, the 12kg android has sensors that can detect changes in temperature due to body heat, and can even pick up faint sounds.

The T-34 is an upgraded version of Tmsuk’’s earlier security robot, the T7S that had a shape of a Triceratops dinosaur and was fitted with cameras in its eyes.

However, the new android has an upper hand over its predecessor and can fire a net designed to entangle robbers until human reinforcements arrive.

The company has said that the android could hit the shelves in a couple of years with a price tag of around 6,514 pounds. (ANI)

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