And it's ringtone must be
I'll just get my coat then....
If we brought you news of a new web robot then you’d probably think we meant a some form of online android, right? But a Japanese firm’s developed the mechanical equivalent of Spider-man. The T-34 is a four-wheeled security droid that fires a net at anyone who breaks into its patrol zone. The Spider-man style weapon envelops …
The Russian WW2 tank:
Which is probably for the best.
It's also for the best that it wasn't developed in the USA as well, otherwise the net would probably electrocute the prisoner and automatically water-board them whilst taking pictures to post on the intertubes as well.
who doesn't carry a knife?
and really, can't you just pick up the net and sling it over your back and keep stealing?
and doesn't that net make a handy binding for all your booty?
and it doesn't lash you to the machine?
and who isn't going to destroy that machine once they get netted?
Totally useless, and very sub-par from these folk.
Now if it turned into a truck, or you can assemble 4-5 of them together form a super-robot... that would be acceptable.
Does it even scream HADOKEN when it fires the net? No, it does not. Weak.
Of course, the real point is to point out just how stupid and useless this is. Anyone read Dragonlance? Remember the Tinker Gnomes? They had a crossbow that did this. It was really dumb too.
[[ the T-34 can move at lightening speeds of up to 6mph]]
Were robots that moved faster having trouble with the increased effective mass as they approached the speed of light? So, this robot remains near its normal mass by not going above 6mph?
Or did the author, perhaps, mean "lightning", as in the bolt of electricity that flicks between sky and ground quicker than a blink?
Seriously, though, I want to see two of these robots fight it out in the cage.
From the vid: time needed to get rid of the net (without any tool):~2 seconds. And the guy is not even trying hard. It might work against dogs though. If it wasn't so damn slow.
So we have a burglar-catching bot which relies on :
-the burglar sitting in front of the robot, at 2-3 m, without moving, for a few seconds
-the burglar not trying to get rid of the net
-the burglar, admittedly too startled to think of getting rid of the net, not wanting to take off, pulling the robot with him (seriously, how heavy can that thing possibly be? 20 kg, max? And the shitty wheels seem to provide very little adherence).
I don't see this thing catching any burglar anytime soon.
Why would we disable what we've deliberately enabled? All it takes is to click on the video, no disabling for the whole site is required.
This robot is just the beginning. Won't be long till our overlords equip them with taser darts too, should be a fairly trivial retrofit. The next logical step is installing windows, so nobody's to blame when they go berserk.
It would be good if it shot multiple webs... imagine if it shot the first web and kept shooting until the burglar was subdued? I like the idea of this robot but in reality it is quite worthless.
6mph it's too bad when you think about it (if the burglar is moving his new found bounty, he might be a little stunned by a robot shooting multiple webs and moving quite quietly (I didn't have sound on this PC so I didn't hear the videos - just watched it).
Also it would be good if it stunned the person first - I imagine either very bright light (flash grenade style) or stun gun (tazer style weapon).
The video was comical though.
I must admit though a lot of security guards I have come across don't seem to be the most physical fit so I doubt they would be any better than this robot if confronted.
Stick one of the net-guns (if they're any good) near likely entrance/exit points. Cheaper, and fixed units could use heavier gauge mesh. No need for the expensive & potentially unreliable robotics. Or, sticking with the spiderman theme, just stick the robots to the ceilings and let them fall on the intruder. A 20kg thwack should slow them down...
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