Looking more like a tall speaker than an authoritarian android, the Cobalt security robot has an exterior made from aluminium and fabric. It is designed to operate in offices and foyers, where it performs basic functions like scanning ID cards, but also uses its sensors to detect possible security threats.
“We wanted to design Cobalt to represent a best-case scenario in which technology supports our daily lives,” said B har. “Technology can provide awareness, and accountability, keeping us safe without feeling authoritarian.”
“Cobalt is a stark contrast to the Hollywood dystopian Robocop it discreetly fits into its environment, provides a platform to grow with our needs, and enhances human ability without replacing the human.”
Both B har and Cobalt stress that the self-driving robot is intended to work alongside humans rather than replace them. With data gathered through its sensors and interpreted by advanced algorithms, Cobalt claims the robot will be able to detect and flag anomalies beyond what would be noticeable to a human guard.
It is able to work around-the-clock, and at smaller buildings where the cost of a human security guard might be prohibitive . It also keeps human security personnel out of situations that might be dangerous. However, humans are not entirely removed from the equation, as robot fleets are supported by a human supervisor who may be working remotely . People in need of assistance have the option to use the Cobalt robot to call the supervisor, who then appears on the screen, giving the machine a literal human face.
“One of the core fundamental values of Cobalt is to enable human-to-machine interactions, said Cobalt CTO and co-founder Erik Schluntz. “The way we do that is designing a robot to interact with and around people.”
“We decided that the robot should not adopt a humanoid personality,” he said. “Instead, it should aesthetically align with the furniture and decor of the office environment.”
The tensile fabric which covers the robot’s sensors, cameras and self-driving mechanism also has the benefit of preventing overheating by increasing airflow. A CNC aluminium element at the head of the robot holds the display, office ID scanner and various buttons .
It can roam fluidly around a space, and is just tall enough to operate around most open-plan office cubicles. It reads environments using a combination of 360-degree and depth cameras, infrared and ultrasonic sensors, and smoke detectors . Algorithms involving machine learning, semantic mapping, novelty detection, and deep neural networks are used to interpret the data.
Some common abnormalities Cobalt suggests the robot would spot are an open window, a loud noise, a gas leak, a suspicious package or an after-hours intruder .
In the case of an incident, the robot begins recording and engages its supervisor.
“Security guards should not put themselves in dangerous situations, nor do they have the ability to know everything that is happening in an office,” said B har. “This is where a robot can be truly effective.”
“With the right sensing abilities, a robot can detect anything happening that is out of the ordinary.”
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West Mercia Police are appealing to the public for information after it was confirmed that a peregrine falcon had been found dead in a quarry in Clee Hill, Shropshire. The male peregrine had been poisoned.
There have been previous problems in this area with two peregrines poisoned in 2010 and another in 2011. Over the last few years the Shropshire Peregrine Group (SPG) has been organising volunteers to keep an eye on the location.
On the 15 June this year a volunteer reported a dead adult male peregrine at the base of the breeding cliff. The body was recovered by the RSPB and passed to Natural England in order that toxicology tests could be arranged. These have since confirmed the bird was poisoned by diazinon, the same product as in previous incidents.
Peregrines are fully protected under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 and anyone convicted of killing these birds could receive up to six months in prison and/or a fine.
The RSPB and the SPG have offered a reward of 1000 for information leading to the conviction of anyone involved in this incident.
John Turner of the SPG said: This is yet another tragic incident at this site.
The female parent also disappeared and we are concerned she may have also been poisoned. The situation was made even worse as the two chicks in the nest also died with the loss of the parents.
Wildlife Crime Officer for West Mercia Police, Constable Julian Ward said: There have been previous incidents in this area and the illegal use of poison poses a risk to wildlife and to people. We believe somebody in the local community will have information about who is involved and we would urge them to contact police.
Information can be reported to West Mercia Police on 101 quoting reference 649S of the 15/06/2015.
The Young and the Restless (Y&R) spoilers 1for Thursday, October 29, tease that Hilary (Mishael Morgan) will be frazzled as she tries to track down Devon (Bryton James). Cane (Daniel Goddard) will find Hilary in the park and declare that he s going to get her some help.
Unfortunately, Hilary will disappear when Cane turns his back to make the call. Paul (Doug Davidson) will show up with Devon and Lily (Christel Khalil) a short time later.
Devon will think this is all just a stunt Cane pulled to make himself look innocent. Paul will tell Cane that he needs to stay in town.
At the lake house, Neil (Kristoff St. John) will be concerned since Hilary hasn t been seen in 24 hours.
Dr. Neville (Michael E. Knight) will return, but he won t have any real news to report.
They ll try to think about where Hilary might go.
Neil will suggest that Hilary would look for Devon at the athletic club and he ll head over. Once he arrives, Neil will get updates on the Hilary sighting in the park. Neil will question Cane about what happened.
Cane will be puzzled about Neil s belief in his innocence. Neil will assure Cane that he knows he s not the guilty party.
Other Young and the Restless spoilers say Kevin (Greg Rikaart) will try to help Victor (Eric Braeden) and Jack (Peter Bergman) become a team. At Newman Enterprises, Kevin will insist they need to work together if they expect to stop the Paragon virus.
When the lights flicker, Kevin will head to the electrical room to check things out.
Nikki (Melody Thomas Scott) and Phyllis (Gina Tognoni) will notice the flickering as well. They ll be preparing for the Halloween gala at Top of the Tower. Kevin will decide everything seems fine, but later someone all disguised will connect a laptop in the electrical room.
This mysterious figure will also sneak into Victor s office to override the security system on his computer as well as steal an invitation the Halloween Gala!
At the hospital, Chelsea (Melissa Claire Egan) will fill Adam (Justin Hartley) in on the craziness with Chloe (Elizabeth Hendrickson). Adam will understand why Chloe felt the need to get vengeance. Adam will tell Chelsea that he can t feel his legs, but the doctor will say it s just because of the drugs he received before surgery.
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When Chelsea leaves the room for a minute, Victor and Jack will stop by to see Adam. Jack will mention that Victor made sure Chelsea could be by Adam s side.
Victor will declare that the sentence was too harsh and this isn t the end. Once Chelsea returns, she ll shoo Jack and Victor out. They ll depart and Adam will suggest that Chelsea should go to the gala.
Nearby, Gwen (Nadine Nicole) will see Hilary and she ll try to whisk her away.
Emma (Alice Greczyn) will show up and Hilary will wander off again. Dr. Neville will run into Hilary and promptly sedate her.
Y&R rumors hint that Neil will have trouble controlling the eccentric doctor he brought into this mess.
Stick with the CBS soap to see if Neil can stay in control of the situation.
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