Singapore Lets The Robot Dogs Out

June 12, 2020
SpotMini Robot image courtesy of Boston Dynamics

Who let the dogs out? Who? Who? Well, it looks like the Singapore government did! Our friend Spot, the robotic dog designed by Boston Dynamics, has been spotted (pun very much intended!) on a two-mile stretch of Singapore’s Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park, a very popular and populated area of the park. Why? The Singapore government was conducting a two-week trial where Spot was acting as a social distancing officer, warning and encouraging people to keep a safe distance from each other. The hope is that by using Spot instead of real people to confront those who are not following social distancing orders, it will be both safer (less person-to-person contact) and less of a resource strain on the government (less park staff and other officers would be needed to patrol the parks). So, while Spot was originally thought of as a tool to be used at construction sites to execute difficult-to-reach jobs, it looks like Singapore is showcasing how Spot can be used in other situations as well. Now, who’s a good dog?

Interesting Fact: While Spot is monitoring and policing activity on the ground, the Singapore government is using drones to monitor activity in the sky. With drones, they’re collecting information on where people are gathering and posting this information in real time on a website so residents can avoid crowded areas.

What are some other ways that you think robot dogs can help?