Robodog reminds people of social distancing in Singapore park (video)

Singapore’s public administration has deployed a robot dog at one of the city’s park as it is trying a new way to get its residents to stay away from each other. Spot, a canine-shaped robot created by Massachusetts-based engineering and robotics design company Boston Dynamics, known for its spectacular creations of a variety of animal-like and humanoid robots, has been put into charge on May 8.

The four-legged robot “dog” is now patrolling the park and broadcasts a pre-recorded message to visitors to remind them of the importance of social distancing, authorities said. The device is also equipped with cameras that scan the surroundings and help officials estimate the number of people gathering in parks.

“These cameras will not be able to track and/or recognise specific individuals, and no personal data will be collected,” the government noted in a statement.

The deployment is part of a two-week trial that could see it join other robots policing green spaces during a nationwide lockdown. There are also plans by to use Spot in another capacity, namley at a local isolation facility where the robot would help bring medicine to patients.

In the park, Spot is remotely controlled, but it has built-in sensors to stop collisions and will be accompanied by a guide. If the trial is successful, the robot could be deployed full-time during peak hours in the park.

Robodog with smart features that also speaks

A Boston Dynamics video shows that Spot has a number of smart features and is able to run uphill, mount stairs and even get people a drink. The machine is generally used for inspections on construction sites or similar situations, according to the company.

It also has been deployed for public safety reasons, such as helping “inspect hazardous packages from afar,” as well as for military uses.

Singapore park officials said that they had picked the model for its agility.

“Unlike wheeled robots, Spot works well across different terrains and can navigate obstacles effectively, making it ideal for operation in public parks and gardens,” they noted.

When Spot speaks, it goes like this:

“Let’s keep Singapore healthy,” the yellow and black robodog says in English as it roams around.

“For your own safety and for those around you, please stand at least one meter apart. Thank you,” it utters in a softly-spoken female voice.

Singapore’s public administration has deployed a robot dog at one of the city’s park as it is trying a new way to get its residents to stay away from each other. Spot, a canine-shaped robot created by Massachusetts-based engineering and robotics design company Boston Dynamics, known for its spectacular creations of a variety of animal-like and humanoid robots, has been put into charge on May 8. The four-legged robot “dog” is now patrolling the park and broadcasts a pre-recorded message to visitors to remind them of the importance of social distancing, authorities said. The device is also equipped with cameras...

Singapore’s public administration has deployed a robot dog at one of the city’s park as it is trying a new way to get its residents to stay away from each other. Spot, a canine-shaped robot created by Massachusetts-based engineering and robotics design company Boston Dynamics, known for its spectacular creations of a variety of animal-like and humanoid robots, has been put into charge on May 8.

The four-legged robot “dog” is now patrolling the park and broadcasts a pre-recorded message to visitors to remind them of the importance of social distancing, authorities said. The device is also equipped with cameras that scan the surroundings and help officials estimate the number of people gathering in parks.

“These cameras will not be able to track and/or recognise specific individuals, and no personal data will be collected,” the government noted in a statement.

The deployment is part of a two-week trial that could see it join other robots policing green spaces during a nationwide lockdown. There are also plans by to use Spot in another capacity, namley at a local isolation facility where the robot would help bring medicine to patients.

In the park, Spot is remotely controlled, but it has built-in sensors to stop collisions and will be accompanied by a guide. If the trial is successful, the robot could be deployed full-time during peak hours in the park.

Robodog with smart features that also speaks

A Boston Dynamics video shows that Spot has a number of smart features and is able to run uphill, mount stairs and even get people a drink. The machine is generally used for inspections on construction sites or similar situations, according to the company.

It also has been deployed for public safety reasons, such as helping “inspect hazardous packages from afar,” as well as for military uses.

Singapore park officials said that they had picked the model for its agility.

“Unlike wheeled robots, Spot works well across different terrains and can navigate obstacles effectively, making it ideal for operation in public parks and gardens,” they noted.

When Spot speaks, it goes like this:

“Let’s keep Singapore healthy,” the yellow and black robodog says in English as it roams around.

“For your own safety and for those around you, please stand at least one meter apart. Thank you,” it utters in a softly-spoken female voice.

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