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Home Technology Boston Dynamics creepy robot dog is patrolling parks to encourage social distancing

Boston Dynamics creepy robot dog is patrolling parks to encourage social distancing

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In case you did not get sufficient of a robot-filled future with the top of season three of “Westworld,” here is your probability.

Boston Dynamics robot dog, often called Spot, is patrolling Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park in Singapore to assist with social distancing practices throughout the coronavirus pandemic, the Singapore authorities introduced.

The trial program, which began Friday, will see the creepy robot dog deployed over a Three kilometer (1.eight miles) stretch within the River Plains part a part of the park for 2 weeks throughout what they known as “off-peak” hours.

File photo: A nimble robot that handles objects, climbs stairs, and will operate in offices, homes and outdoors.

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“A recorded message will be broadcast from Spot to remind park visitors to observe safe distancing measures,” a release from the Authorities Know-how Company of Singapore mentioned. “Spot will also be fitted with cameras – enabled with GovTech-developed video analytics – to estimate the number of visitors in parks. These cameras will not be able to track and/or recognize specific individuals, and no personal data will be collected.”

As well as, the robot dog can be “controlled remotely” in order to decrease bodily amongst contact workers, protected distancing ambassadors and park guests.

“Spot is fitted with safety sensors to detect objects and people in its path. It has in-built algorithms to detect an object or person within 1 meter of its proximity to avoid collision,” the company added. “Spot will be accompanied by at least one NParks officer during the trial period.”

Regardless of having a inhabitants of greater than 5.6 million, Singapore has managed to largely hold the pandemic in-line within the nation. In accordance to Johns Hopkins College, 21,707 instances have occurred within the nation with 20 deaths.

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If the trial is deemed profitable, the company mentioned it might contemplate having Spot stroll the park throughout peak hours, in addition to transferring to different parks, together with the Jurong Lake Gardens.

The robot is additionally being utilized in quite a lot of different COVID-19-related manners within the nation, together with delivering medication to sufferers.

Boston Dynamics started to promote the robot commercially in June 2019.

In October 2018, Boston Dynamics trialed having the robot stroll round building websites in Tokyo forward of “commercial usage around the world.”

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As of Friday afternoon, greater than 3.87 million coronavirus instances have been recognized worldwide, greater than 1.25 million of that are within the U.S., essentially the most impacted nation on the planet.

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