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Robocops in jail
The Korean government is testing robots that will act as security guards in correctional facilities. The robots’ duties include general video surveillance and to warn staff in case inmates attempt suicide.
Why it matters
Introducing robots into the security sector will cut down costs and the risk of violence for jail staff. Leading mechatronic (robot building) brands seem to have a promising future, yet the question is how to cope with consumers justified fear of such ‘products’. Will a friendly robot design and PR campaign be enough?
Philips, in partnership with Dutch bank ABN AMRO, have created the Rationalizer system, which comprises an 'EmoBowl' and 'EmoBracelet'. These devices act as indicators of the wearer's mood. A skin detector in the bracelet responds to any increase in emotional intensity, and displays its findings as a dynamic light pattern on either the bracelet itself or on the nearby, rather cool-looking bowl. The colours inside the bowl change from a soft yellow, to orange, to a deep, cautionary red. It’s being touted as a tool to prevent traders from making rash decisions.
Lightglass, an Austrian start-up, combines technology with design to produce luminous lighting for offices and retail spaces.