The robtos Nimbo move on a segway and are prepared to patrol urban areas as if they were security guards or police.
The future of private security– and perhaps not so private-may turn in the coming years towards robots. Sounds like science fiction to have a machines patrolling an urban area or a company campus. But it is precisely for this purpose that the Nimbus have been created.
It is inevitable to remember the approach of Robocop or the film Chappie (in the image above), and they are not the only titles in cinema with which similarities can be found. The company that makes Nimbo, Turing Video, has created robots perfectly able to move autonomously and detect unwanted events.
The movement of Nimbus is the same as any segway. This two-wheel electric device provides the motor and battery needed to move around. Sensorization and software is already a Turing Video thing. The company specializes in artificial intelligence and robotics, knowledge that has been used in its creation.
The artificial vision system is structured with the Intel RealSense technology , able to recognize objects with great precision. The 3D camera can detect people and objects alike. But you can also discern what these people are doing. At least if they are committing some kind of wrongdoing or their movements are suspicious.
This means that if one of the Nimbos catches two people fighting, their system will be on alert. It will send a warning to the security guard or the nearest police officer, with a small video recording of what is happening. In this way it is intended that robots act as a deterrent, one of the usual functions of the security forces. But also that they can act as evidence collectors in the event that a crime is committed.
To the 3D camera are added other sensors that allow the autonomous movement of the robots. All this is governed by Turing Video software, which allows programming the Nimbos. Thus, it is possible to order the machines to make different routes, to vary their frequency, their route.
The company has presented the Nimbos at the Las Vegas CES and he has accompanied them with drones. Flying machines would be, according to the company, the ideal complement for these robots. More ground is always covered from the air.
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