In the film RoboCop, the cyborg policeman is an unstoppable technological avenger who strikes terror into criminals.
The real version seems to be a little more vulnerable – as a drunk man was arrested for attacking and knocking over one of the world’s first robotic policemen.
The 21-stone Knightscope robot is unarmed – and actually doesn’t have any arms – so it was unable to retaliate when Jason Sylvain, 41, allegedly knocked it over.
The droid – known as K5 – patrolled a parking lot, armed with a camera – and so police were able to identify and arrest Sylvain based on the data it captured.
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The robots are able to spot suspicious behaviour, are able to deliver spoken warnings, and alert controllers with a live video feed.
They patrol on pre-programmed paths, and steer using a combination of GPS, surveillance camera images and LIDAR – laser-radar.
They also have hi-tech ‘extras’ such as being able to rapidly monitor and record car number plates at a rate of up to 300 per minute.
Local man Eamonn Callon said, ‘I think this is a pretty pathetic incident because it shows how spineless the drunk guys in Silicon Valley really are because they attack a victim who doesn’t even have any arms.
Police say that Sylvain now faces prowling and public intoxication charges.