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Robotic dog enforces lockdown in Singapore

Posted on Sunday, 10 May, 2020 | Comment icon 9 comments

Singapore has opted for a futuristic solution to enforcing lockdown. Image Credit: YouTube / Boston Dynamics
One of Boston Dynamics' Spot Mini robots took on an important new role on the streets of Singapore this week.
The popular device, which has been featured in numerous viral videos showcasing its abilities, officially went on sale to businesses in September after several years in development.

While its creators at Boston Dynamics had primarily envisaged it being used in the workplace, authorities in Singapore have come up with an entirely unexpected use for the robot - patrolling the streets and parks to enforce social distancing during the coronavirus lockdown.

"Let's keep Singapore healthy," it can be heard saying in a female voice. "For your own safety and for those around you, please stand at least one meter apart. Thank you."
If all goes well, additional units could be deployed in the coming weeks.

The move is the latest in a series of stunts worldwide designed to elicit compliance with lockdown restrictions. Elsewhere, a Dalek from science-fiction show Doctor Who was seen roaming the streets of a town in England asking people to stay indoors, while in the Philippines a discount Darth Vader and accompanying Stormtroopers were also caught on camera doing much the same thing.

Whether such shenanigans are more likely to get people to comply with the rules than more conventional methods however remains unclear.

You can check out Spot Mini in action in Singapore below.

Source: Huffington Post | Comments (9)

Tags: Boston Dynamics, Robot

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by third_eye on 9 May, 2020, 11:10
Just a week ago...  [00.00:56] ~
Comment icon #2 Posted by Golden Duck on 9 May, 2020, 14:50
It would've sounded better with RoboCops voice.
Comment icon #3 Posted by Buzz_Light_Year on 9 May, 2020, 14:59
Comment icon #4 Posted by spartan max2 on 9 May, 2020, 15:14
Looks like one of those things politicans do that in practical terms accomplished nonething but allows themselves to give a little pat on the back 
Comment icon #5 Posted by aztek on 9 May, 2020, 23:09
i think it is more than just pat on a back, i'm sure they get kickbacks donations from companies who got contracts building servicing operating these things
Comment icon #6 Posted by Wepwawet on 10 May, 2020, 14:39
This is in fact a disguised alien invasion with these robot dogs being the first foot soldiers. Netflix War of the Worlds cyborg dogs
Comment icon #7 Posted by Seti42 on 10 May, 2020, 16:04
Those things creep me out. Probably because of how many similar looking things I've been attacked by in video games throughout most of my life. At least they aren't that fast, nor do they have guns mounted on them. Yet.
Comment icon #8 Posted by little_dreamer on 10 May, 2020, 16:41
Kind of creepy - it has no face or head.
Comment icon #9 Posted by Festina on 11 May, 2020, 0:11
Creepy as hell.  How could one destroy such a thing?  

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