People’s Daily ran with the headline, “China’s first intelligent security robot debuts in Chongqing”. Popular Science ran with, “China’s new security Dalek is a bad idea”. Tomato, ta-EXTERMINATE!
First of all, Popular Science, it’s not a Dalek. Daleks, or Kaled mutants, are the creatures inside the Dalekanium mechanical casing. Get your act together.
Where were we? Oh, yeah, riot bots. China made some.
Developed by the National Defense University, these AnBots (which, on an unrelated note, is an anagram of “Stab On”) weigh in at 78 kilograms (150 according to New China TV), stand 1.49 meters high and move at a top speed of 18 kilometers per hour.
As to its protection measures, People’s Daily is quoted as saying, “When people around AnBot face security threats, the robot’s control personnel can remotely deploy AnBot’s electrically charged riot control tool.” Which, we’re to assume, is a taser rather than a death ray.
Dear god, why, you might ask, is there a need for such Skaro-based death machines in a modern, peaceful China?
“AnBot represents a series of breakthroughs in key technologies including low-cost autonomous navigation and intelligent video analysis, which will play an important role in enhancing the country’s anti-terrorism and anti-riot measures.”
Okay, yes it’s a little impractical, but the comparisons to a Dalek are misleading—just because it looks a little similar and can’t go down stairs. But, it’s not like it’s got some sort of humorous Dalek-like arm that—
Anyway, security robots that look like outer space hate creatures have so far not really taken off in the world of public safety (and China aren’t the first), but China’s always on the lookout for new and exciting ways to catch terrorists/rioters without leaving the comfort of home—even if they do look like an evil Tamagotchi.