For those of us who grew up on science fiction films involving robotic police officers who are programmed to serve the public trust and uphold the law, the idea of an electronic cop isn't too far fetched. However, most of us have only seen such scenarios unfold on the big screen. When the elaborate electronic creation steps out of your imagination and into the hallways of a South Korean prison, it's enough to give you serious case of the nerd chills.
Say hello to Robo-guard, a robotic corrections officer designed to help keep tabs on troublesome South Korean inmates. Although it doesn't look nearly as cool or stylish as some of the things you've seen in the movies, it still manages to get the job done. Equipped with 3D cameras, a microphone, and a program that helps it spy unwanted behavior, Robo-guard cruises the halls all by his lonesome, keeping a keen eye out for anything out of the ordinary.
If need be, Robo-guard can be controlled by prison personell using nothing more than an iPad. Otherwise, this blocky robotic hero goes about his business completely unattended. If, by chance, he happens upon something truly uncouth, Robo-guard immediately alerts those in charge. I'm sure it's no fun being busted by a robot.
Developed by the Asian Forum for Corrections, Robo-guard is still being tested, though prison officials hope to have the robotic security guard roaming other prisons shortly. "The purpose of developing this kind of robot is to secure prisoners’ life and security and to decrease the workload of corrections officers in a poor working environments," said AFC chairman Lee Baik-Chul, who went on to call the robot a "game changer".
For a taste of the enforcer in action, take a look at the video below.