MIAMI (CBSMiami/AP) - Students at Florida International University'sDiscovery Lab are testing out what some are calling their version ofRoboCop.
Their creation, the Telebot, combines telepresence and robotics whichwill allow disabled police and military personnel to serve as patrolofficers.
The school said the prototype allows a disabled person to control therobot remotely, see everything the robot "sees" and interact withmembers of the public. The Telebot stands six feet tall and weighs about75 pounds. It's controlled from a remote location.
"Our tele-presence robot, Telebot, is designed for high crowd densityurban environments. It is particularly well suited for busy downtownareas, sporting events, parades, fairs, public events, parks andschools. Disabled veterans remotely control Telebots that provideHD-live video and audio and allow interacting with people," according astatement from the school.
The Telebot has three HD cameras which give the operator a 360 degreefield of view complete with zoom and auto-focus functions. It also hasperimeter sensors to warn about approaching objects and small "skirt"sensors and camera to keep an eye on people's toes.
It also has an auto pilot function for auto navigation in patrol areas.
The project began in 2012 when Jeremy Robins, a lieutenant commanderin the U.S. Navy Reserves, donated $20,000 to the Discovery Lab todevelop the idea.