A scheme using robots as airport officials in China has been expanded to the country's ports.
The AnBot began operating at Shenzhen airport in September but now 10 robots are working as customs officers at three ports in the cities of Zhuhai and Zhongshan in the southern Guangdong Province, according to state news agency Xinhua.
Not only does the robot at Shenzhen come equipped with four digital cameras and auto recharging technology, it can also answer passengers’ questions about flight information.
It also is armed with an electric cattle prod to help it deal with “unruly travellers”.
The 75kg robot can move at 11mph and its weapon can be activated by police officers taking control of the machine remotely.
The robots, named “Xiao Hai”, are able to listen, speak, learn, see and walk and can answer questions in 28 languages and dialects.
They are also equipped with face recognition technology and can raise the alarm if confronted with suspicious individuals.
At the end of October the World Robotics Conference was held in Beijing. During the conference the most realistic android yet seen, “Jia Jia”, which who is programmed to recognise human language and facial expressions, was introduced to visitors.
A report by the International Federation of Robotics said that China was driving the world robotics market and that around 40% of world supply would be purchased by China by 2019.
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