Robot Spots Lost Shoppers, Scares Them

January 28, 2008


Robovie the robot was designed to monitor crowds in shopping areas and assist anyone who appears lost. He can monitor approximately 1,000 square feet of space at once.

Relying on data from 16 cameras, 6 laser range finders and 9 RFID tag readers installed in and around the area, the robot was able to watch up to 20 people at a time, pinpoint their locations to within a few centimeters, and classify each individual’s behavior into one of 10 categories (waiting, wandering, walking fast, running, etc.).

If you fall into the "disoriented" category, which likely includes "drunk" and "stumbling" then the robot approaches you and asks "Are you lost?" If you answer yes he'll point and explain the directions to your destination. If no then he proceeds to recommend shops and eateries in the area. Or, if you're like me you won't answer anything. You'll be too frightened of the scary little bastard approaching that you'll either turn and run or kick him until he blows up.

Robovie droid helps lost shoppers [pinktentacle]

Thanks to the always beautifully beautiful Melissa, who is never lost, for the tip

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