Sunday, September 27, 2009

The GT Turbo of guard robots

Secom robot

One thing that tends to prevent us taking guard robots seriously is that they're mostly lumbering beasts that won't do much more than stream you some pics of an intruder's rapidly retreating back. Secom's Robot X, however, takes a different tack, being essentially a radio-controlled car the size of a kiddy fairground ride that zips around at about 10km/h, with smoke and lights to disorient anyone who's up to no good. It also has a 360-degree camera and can be set to patrol on its own or taken over remotely to chase down bad guys. There's a bar for attaching "forthcoming optional add-ons", too—spiked club? Chain cannon? Somehow, we don't see them adding teamaking equipment.

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