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In South Korea, the era of real robo cops will soon begin when the country’s month-long $864,000 robotic guard project trial kicks into gear. Three 5′ tall four-wheeled robots developed by the Asian Forum for Corrections — a group of South Korean researchers specializing in criminality and prison policies — will take on the role of night prison guards at the city of Pohang.

The robots will relieve human workers of their guarding duties not to replace them, but to allow them to focus on rehabilitation efforts. Sensors on the robots can determine behaviors among inmates that usually lead to violence or even suicide, so the human workers can be alerted quickly. Cameras attached to their torsos also come with a remote conversation function that inmates and guards can use to talk to each other.

Source: Yahoo! News

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