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COVID-19: Singapore Deploys Robot 'Dog' To Encourage Social Distancing (Photos)


Singapore has just announced that it'll be deploying robot dogs in order to help enforce people to practice the act of social distancing as the country is dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic.  

On Friday, 8th May, 2020 the government of Singapore announced that it would start deploying Spot, a famous yellow and black doglike robot made by BostonDynamics' to local parks and mentioned that the robot "dog" will guard the local areas giving out a recorded message to visitors to the park in order to remind them of the importance of social distancing.

These robotic dogs is said to be equipped with cameras to scan the surroundings and also help government officials to estimate the number of people that gather in parks.

The Singapore government also added that unlike other wheeled robots, Spot works well on any terrain and can also navigate any obstacle effectively, which has made it very ideal for these operations.

These robotic dog trial will run for 2 weeks at one park during off peak hours and if results are positive the authorities will then consider to expand the program.

In early March, Singapore had also launched a contact tracing app that makes use of Bluetooth to find out who had come in close contact with someone who is infected with the virus. 

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