Boston Dynamics’ robotic “ dog ” deployed in Singapore parks to tell people to keep a safe distance – while its cameras record the number of people in public spaces
- Boston Dynamics ‘Spot’ Four-Legged Robot Patrols Singapore Parks
- The bot reads the recorded messages and estimates the number of people
- He has been in the testing phase for two weeks and is accompanied by a human connection
- Singapore’s GovTech agency says bot will not collect personally identifiable information from park enthusiasts
Boston Dynamics’ robotic dog, Spot, roams Singapore’s parks to remind pedestrians to stay a safe distance from each other.
Spot will cross a 4-mile strip of Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park during off-peak hours while broadcasting a recorded message reminding park enthusiasts to “ observe actions safe distance ”.
The bot will also be equipped with cameras “activated with … video analysis” which will be used to estimate the number of people in the park.
According to a statement, the cameras will not track or record specific individuals and no personal data will be collected.
MailOnline has contacted the Singapore Government Technology Agency to inquire about the bot-equipped video analytics system and will update with further information.
The spot will apparently be controlled remotely, which government officials say will reduce the need for human patrols and potentially reduce the risk of physical contact for “safe distant ambassadors” and park visitors.
Spot is also designed to cross different types of terrain, which gives it an advantage for patrol parks compared to other wheeled robots.
To help the bot avoid humans, Spot also uses sensors and will be accompanied by a human during its testing period.
Spot is being deployed in Singapore (photo) to help remind pedestrians to keep a safe distance from each other and also estimate the number of people
This is not the first time that Spot has been deployed to help mitigate the effects of the coronavirus.
Last month, the bot was deployed to help health workers at Harvard University’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital treat patients with coronavirus remotely to limit the spread of the virus.
Spot has been equipped with a custom holder and holder for a notebook which allows doctors and other healthcare professionals to hold a videoconference with patients in test tents outside the hospital.