Law enforcement is a dangerous activity.
This makes it a good opportunity for robots. It is,
however, highly-unstructured and that makes it
very difficult for robots. Robots have found application in training, surveillance and bomb disposal;
but the days of an actual "RoboCop" are a long
The United Service
Associates makes the robot at the left. They call it the
"Mad Robot" and it does look
mad. I would be mad too if I had this robot's job. It is
essentially a mannequin target on remote controlled
wheels. By utilizing this
robot to make sudden and unpredictable movements in
training scenarios, the trainers attempt to teach the
officers to replace their "startle" reaction
with a timely and appropriate response.
course the appropriate response is often to blast the
robot. That's probably why it is so mad. Not to worry,
after it gets blasted enough they can replace the
mannequin. They come in foam, vinyl and plastic.