Three robotic prison guards are being tested at a prison in the South Korean city of Pohang.
The roboscrews will monitor inmates’ activities, reporting any inconsistencies or odd behaviours back to a manned control centre. Apparently because the robots learn the common behaviours of inmates, they can help prevent suicides, fights and arson.
The prison began testing the robots this month, according to Reuters. Standing at five feet tall, they are Korean, these robots are equipped with 3D cameras, microphones and a speaker.
The “correction service robots,” as they are called, will act as assistants at the prisons. I wonder if they can hold down a prisoner whilst the human guards put the boot in?
Two-way communication capabilities allow them to exchange information with prison guards. The robots can also be controlled from an iPad.
The robots navigate by detecting sensors placed on the ceiling of the prison. The roboscrews are autonomous too, if their battery power dips below 20%, they go to the nearest charging station.
Developed by Asian Forum for Corrections, these four-wheeled robots will be tested for one month and cost nearly $300,000 each.