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R2-D2: Mall Cop 139

Posted by samzenpus
from the these-are-not-the-sales-you-are-looking-for dept.
theodp writes "'The night watchman of the future,' explains the NY Times' John Markoff, 'is 5 feet tall, weighs 300 pounds and looks a lot like R2-D2 – without the whimsy. And will work for $6.25 an hour.' California-based Knightscope has developed a mobile robot known as the K5 Autonomous Data Machine as a safety and security tool for corporations, as well as for schools and neighborhoods. 'But what is for some a technology-laden route to safer communities and schools,' writes Markoff, 'is to others an entry point to a post-Orwellian, post-privacy world.'"
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R2-D2: Mall Cop

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  • by Greyfox (87712) on Monday December 02, 2013 @10:01AM (#45573845) Homepage Journal
    Just put your Guy Fawks mask on and aim for the head!
  • by Anonymous Coward on Monday December 02, 2013 @10:04AM (#45573857)

    While I appriciate your attempt, it's hardly the best you could do.

    From the master:

    "As laser-wielding robots home in on his body heat, MacGyver creates a fake heat signature by using magnets wrapped in burning paper. He opens several telephone handsets to get the magnets, and finds paper and matches in the science lab he is in. Once aflame, he throws one piece of burning paper, with a magnet wrapped inside, at each robot. The magnets stick to the metal of the robots. With each robot "tagged," they home in on each other and destroy one another." (e01s02)

  • by Virtucon (127420) on Monday December 02, 2013 @10:06AM (#45573881)

    “We have a different perspective,” Mr. Li said. “We don’t want to think about ‘RoboCop’ or ‘Terminator,’ we prefer to think of a mash up ‘Batman,’ ‘Minority Report’ and R2-D2.”

    I guess ultimately this product will be a whimsical vigilante that will seal you in a hole in the ground if it thinks you're going to spit on the sidewalk?

  • by Anonymous Coward on Monday December 02, 2013 @10:12AM (#45573915)

    Does it roll down stairs?

    Alone or in pairs.
    Rolls over your neighbour's dog.

  • So then... (Score:5, Funny)

    by Chris Mattern (191822) on Monday December 02, 2013 @11:05AM (#45574257)

    'The night watchman of the future,' explains the NY Times' John Markoff, 'is 5 feet tall, weighs 300 pounds and looks a lot like R2-D2 â" without the whimsy. And will work for $6.25 an hour.'

    So, no changes from the present, then.

  • by LoRdTAW (99712) on Monday December 02, 2013 @12:00PM (#45574797)

    I have a better idea. Get a bunch of foam spheres, cut them in half and apply sticky tape to the flat side. Then get a plunger along with a whisk and put a sticky mount on each end. And as a bonus, hide the electronic guts of one of these [thinkgeek.com] inside of a half sphere and modify the switch to activate every 10 seconds. Bonus points if you attach a bigger speaker.

    Then simply "decorate" the security bot. Your defaced security r2-d2 should now look something like this: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Dalek_2010_Redesign.jpg [wikipedia.org]

    EXTERMINATE!

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