1. Meet PatrolBot, a prototype being developed by officers in the US Navy Reserves with Florida University International.
Telebots are already used in operating rooms and on battlefields, but this project could see them introduced to police patrols, to help disabled officers continue serving.
PatrolBot would allow a policeman to use a virtual reality headset to take control remotely, potentially apprehending criminals in absentia.
2. Policing isn’t enforced by robocops quite yet, but it’s heading that way. In the UK a company called Kopin Corporation has produced a product called Golden-i. It’s like Google Glass for coppers.
3. It includes an HUD like this, which would allow police to see effectively through walls.
4. The accompanying Police Pro application records incidents, helps identify suspects using facial recognition, scans licence plates and can monitor vital signs.
There’s a hilarious video of it in action here.
5. Meanwhile, in the US, on-body cameras are becoming standard practice.
6. The Taser Axon Body combines a wearable camera and cloud-based storage at Evidence.com.
The jury’s still out on whether this is a good idea.
8. …and some predictive crime mapping, which crunches data to identify potential hotspots.
10. These British cop cars might look kind of tame, but they’re equipped with cameras, facial recognition software, black box recorders and Facewatch technology.
Facewatch is an “online crime reporting and intelligence community”. There’s an app too, where the public can browse and identify suspects.
11. Drones could be joining the force too.
In the US, domestic surveillance drones were approved this summer and in the UK police minister Damian Green said they should be used “like any other piece of police kit”.
13. Cue scary speculative stories on Wired about armed drones, complete with strobes, tear gas, and Long Range Acoustic Devices.
14. Incidentally, this is a Long Range Acoustic Device, one of a number of tools in the future cop’s arsenal.
15. Others include Active Denial Systems (aka heat rays), PHASRs like the one below, and of course the good old Taser.
All of which means we can sleep safe at night, assured an army of robocops backed by weapons and technology from the future are obliterating any threats as we lie dreaming.
Comforting isn’t it?
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