Tuesday 1st of July 2014
It would be a little strange to witness a robot patrolling the premises according to the Car Hire Birmingham Airport team, if it was at their place of work, but do like some of its abilities.
Top people at the University of Birmingham have created a security guard robot called Bob. The robot patrols the corridors at the Gloucestershire offices of security firm G4S, even being able to make his own decisions like his human colleagues. He maps and navigates the environment and when low on battery power even moves to a docking station to recharge.
Creator Dr Nick Hawes, from the School of Computer Science at the University of Birmingham said “We wanted to build an autonomous intelligent robot that can be put into a real world scenario like a place of work. Current robots aren’t very good with their hands, or able to manipulate objects. But Bob is good at driving around and monitoring objects. He is perfect for a job in security as a night or day watchman where he can monitor what is going on in his immediate surroundings. We want to see Bob survive on his own for up to 15 days, doing jobs that are useful for security, for example, checking whether fire doors are obstructed, whether there is paper on desks.”
This is part of a £7.2 million STRANDS project where robots will learn how to act intelligently and independently in real-world environments. There is Bob’s brother called Werner, starting work in an Austrian care home where he will play simple games with residents in the home.