Meet Bob, Europe's First Robotic Security Guard
Meet Bob, Birmingham University's new security guard robot who has been working alongside security guards at a firm in Twekesbury for the past three weeks.
We know what you're all thinking... He looks like an early version of Dalek from "Star Trek." But don't let his simplistic appearance fool you. Researchers were more focused on his software than his outward appearance, and as a result he is a revolutionary piece of technology. Bob is the first European robot to be used in a workplace, working a real job.
Programmed to keep track of and understand an environment's movement over time, Bob has learned to scan a given surrounding area, create a 3-D map of it, identify all objects and people subject to movement, and understand them through activity recognition. He then uses all of this information in order to know when to report unusual activity.
Bob is completely independent; he knows when to charge himself at a docking station, and he is able to make decisions for himself, based on information that he gathers.
After three weeks of working at the G4S office-place, Bob's time in the U.K. is coming to a close. He was bought by a German company for 35,000 pounds (about 60,000 US dollars.)
As they celebrated his last day today, one of his (human) colleagues, Emma Benham, said: "We're sorry to see him go. It was an exciting opportunity to be involved in such a project."
You can follow Bob on his twitter. Yes, Bob has a twitter.