Robot guards looking like R2-D2 patrol Tokyo’s metropolitan government building with built-in cameras and sensors broadcasting directly to people
- Three autonomous patrol robots provide security in a metropolitan government building in Tokyo
- The SQ-2 robots are produced by Seqsense in Japan and are needed due to labor shortages in Tokyo
- The robots have multiple cameras, move on predetermined routes and can create 3D maps of their environment
- “They look quite intimidating with those things spinning on their heads,” a reader told Japan Today
A team of three autonomous patrol robots now provides security for the metropolitan government building in Tokyo.
The robots are SQ-2 models produced by Seqsense in Tokyo and they are equipped with multiple cameras that can broadcast video directly to human security personnel at a central location.
These robots definitely look more R2-D2 than Robocop with spinning cameras on their heads that are constantly spinning and can create 3D maps of their environment.
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The robots are SQ-2 models (see above) produced by Seqsense in Tokyo and they are equipped with cameras that can broadcast video directly to human security personnel.
These robots definitely look more R2-D2 than Robocop with spinning cameras on their heads that are constantly spinning and can create 3D maps of their environment
They still have artificial intelligence capabilities that can detect people and other obstacles to avoid collisions on the predetermined patrol routes.
They even have hand-held sensors so that people in space can request help from human guards, but they are not intended to perform all the duties of a regular human guard.
Instead, they are intended to fill labor shortages at an affordable price.
A Tokyo Metropolitan Government manager said: Japan today: ‘We have introduced this system as a measure to solve a shortage of security personnel.’
A Tokyo Metropolitan Government manager told Japan Today: ‘We have introduced this system as a measure to solve a shortage of security personnel’
“Is the R2-D2 model not available?” a Japan Today reader joked about the patrol bots (see above)
Readers of the Japanese publication had mixed reactions to the strange-looking security bots roaming the lobby of the local government building.
“They look quite intimidating with those things spinning on their heads,” said one.
“Is the R2-D2 model not available?” another joked.
“Is arming for self-defense an option?”
“Why not just put up a bunch of 360-degree cameras.”
“There are many such robots in Otemachi, but they are scarier than guards if you see one at night.”
‘Moving cameras alone is enough to deter. They should use it in schools too,” suggested another.
“Can’t you just turn it over?”
“I wish they would use one of those Boston Dynamics dogs,” one person said, referring to the now famous and more intimidating robot dogs that have been used by police and firefighters.
The Seqsense robot looks very different from what the public expects when Tesla Optimus, the humanoid robot being developed by Elon Musk’s company, is unveiled on AI Day September 30.
That robot is intended for industrial and domestic use and is designed to look like a human being, with limbs and human-like features.
The Tesla Bot is the height and weight of an adult, can carry or pick up heavy objects, walks quickly in small steps and the screen on its face is an interactive interface for communicating with people.
The Tesla bot, which would measure 5’8 and weigh 125 pounds, will house the Autopilot computer used in the company’s electric cars, which will allow the humanoid to recognize objects from the real world, although the robot will run its own. will have custom sensors and actuators.
It will also be able to ‘deadlift’ up to 150 pounds, carry 45 pounds, walk 5 miles per hour and have human hands plus visual sensors that give it the ability to ‘see’.
Tesla’s Autopilot cameras are mounted on the front of the bot’s head, and its inner workings are powered by the company’s fully self-driving computer. The bots will apparently work through Tesla’s fully self-driving computer interface, which is included in the Tesla Model 3, X, S, Y and Roadster.
They even have hand-held sensors so that people in space can call for help from human guards, but they are not intended to perform all the duties of a regular human guard