This robo dog reminds you to maintain social distancing
The Coronavirus pandemic is not over, but the countries have started easing the lockdown. People have been advised to maintain social distancing and follow hygiene protocols.
But many times it’s not followed. We tend to forget that we’re still living in an infected environment. To make people remember to maintain social distancing, the Singapore government is using a robotic dog called Spot to ensure that walkers, runners, and other park visitors stay at least six feet away from one another.
The initiative is part of an ongoing effort to help minimize the spread of COVID-19 by promoting social distancing in public places. Part of a pilot program launched earlier this month, the robo-dog has already been spotted barking orders in Singapore parks.
Developed by Boston Dynamics, a Massachusetts-based engineering and robotics company, Spot is one of the latest—and most creative—tactics being deployed by governments around the world as they begin to ease stay-at-home orders during the global pandemic.
Using remote navigation, the four-legged, 60-pound robot is equipped with a camera and pre-recorded message that “barks” a warning whenever it comes across someone who isn’t practicing safe distancing.
Many robot dogs can respond to touch. They may wag their tails when they’re petted. Some robot dogs use their eyes and body language to communicate their mood if bad they may move slower.