Covid-19 is blazing again in China with contamination records. The authorities are using robot dogs in the streets to pass on the usual health instructions.
15 Days of Isolation
Two years after the appearance of Covid-19, China is experiencing a new rebound in the epidemic to the point of confining cities of several million inhabitants such as Shenzhen, Shenyang and even Shanghai with a two-step confinement.
In this immense megalopolis of 26 million inhabitants, the authorities have chosen to isolate half of the population for 15 days, then the other half afterwards.
To enforce this confinement and provide the usual health instructions, a resident saw a robot-dog land in the streets. The New York Post reports that this resident initially thought it was a drone with a loudspeaker that was saying, ” Wear a mask, wash your hands frequently, check your temperature .”
The robot is Used as a pet
The robot is equipped with a megaphone on his back ! This robot is well known since it is a model of Unitree Robotics , Chinese equivalent of Spot , designed by Boston Dynamics.
As we can see in the video, the megaphone is roughly taped to the robot, but it works… In Singapore, this same robot-dog is used in parks to check that physical distance between people is respected.
In Shanghai, we are not necessarily surprised to come across a robot-dog in the street, quite simply because some (wealthy) inhabitants have even adopted it as a pet! Its autonomy is about 90 minutes, and it can run at a speed of 17 km/h. At the same time, there are also robots in companies.
In Shenzhen, for example, an ultraviolet disinfection robot is used in a canteen that can accommodate 1,200 people. The robot performs a complete disinfection of the cafeteria every evening.