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They also look like robot squid.
It was in 2018 when one of our journalists collided with a robot security guard patrolling the platform of Seibu Shinjuku Station. While it looked more like a larger floor scrubber than the RoboCop and was just a test run at the time, it still marked the beginning of robotic security in Japan in some ways.
It looked like it would also be emitting a pleasant aroma
and now, A team of three autonomous patrol robots reported for permanent duty at the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building on August 11, These particular robots are the SQ-2 model made by Seqsense in Tokyo. Their AI can detect people and obstacles to avoid collisions as they go about their predetermined patrol routes, and they have multiple on-board cameras that broadcast video directly to human security personnel at a central location.
They also have a hand sensor that can put you in touch with defenders of meat for help or general inquiries. In addition, when their battery runs low, they will automatically seek out and link to a charging port, during which time they will continue to monitor with their cameras, including spinning their heads which not only 3- D maps their surroundings, but makes them look like robots lost in Space,
Danger, Will Robinson!
Readers of the news were curious by the new security equipment, but were not entirely convinced they were the best option for a government building.
“They look intimidated by things going around their heads.”
“Isn’t the R2-D2 model available?”
“Is giving them weapons for self-defense an option?”
“Why not just hook up a bunch of 360-degree cameras.”
“There are a lot of robots like this in Otemachi, but if you see one at night they are scarier than the security guards.”
“Just moving the camera around is enough of a deterrent. They should use them in schools as well.”
“I’ll put some tape on their cameras right now.”
“Can’t you just kick it?”
“I’m waiting for the first one to escape.”
“I wish they used one of those Boston Dynamics dogs.”
“However, human security guards are still doing important work.”
In fact, creating a robot that can handle all the duties of a normal security guard, including reciprocating, would increase the price significantly. In addition, replacing all human jobs with robots brings with it many other socioeconomic problems. Instead, these robots, where required, meet the labor shortage at an affordable cost. In this case, a manager of the Tokyo Metropolitan Government confirmed, “We introduced this system as a way to solve the security personnel shortage.”
This is a sign once again that robots are increasingly taking the form of avatars in the workplace in Japan, allowing small numbers of humans to work remotely.
Sources: NHK, Hachima Kiko, Sexsense
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