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Don't Try Bribing These Robot Prison Guards

November 28, 2011 | Hogan Keyser
telepresence_guard_robot.jpgNovember 27, 2011 by Tim Hornyak via -- Inmates at a prison in South Korea will probably think twice about trying to escape after robots join guard duty on the cell block.

Beginning next March, three guard robots will be on alert for dangerous behavior at the prison in Pohang, according to a Yonhap News report.

The 1 billion won ($864,000) project is being organized by Korea's Ministry of Knowledge Economy. The robots will mainly patrol at night and serve as telepresence droids for remote human guards.

The 5-foot-tall robot, which sports four wheels and the ability to speak, is under development by the Asian Forum for Corrections (AFC), with help from the Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute (ETRI) and manufacturer SMEC.

Armed with cameras and sensors, it can recognize behavior such as violence and suicide and alert human guards.

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