OSAKA -- Japan's Sharp has developed an automated security robot suitable for patrolling large spaces such as factories.
The unmanned vehicle travels pre-programmed routes with the help of GPS location data at around 5km per hour, dodging obstacles along the way. Five cameras collect images and video of the robot's surroundings for wireless transmission to remote observers.
The device can run for up to eight hours on a single charge. Sharp envisions the robot lightening workloads of security personnel, and aims to have the device on sale in the U.S. early next year.
The robot's sales price, as well as the channels through which it will be sold, will be set later. The electronics maker plans to produce the device itself, though it has not yet decided where.