Chinese policemen have been equipped with RoboCop-style artificial intelligence helmets which can automatically identify people who could have the coronavirus.
The helmets were designed by technology firm Kuang-chi, which is based in Shenzhen, in southern China’s Guangdong province, and have been used in several Chinese cities including Shanghai, Chengdu and Shenzhen.
The helmets are powered by AI and are fitted with a camera which can scan the body temperatures of anyone within a five-metre (16-foot) radius.
Chengdu official Liu Tao, who uses the helmets in his work as an epidemic prevention and control officer, said a small alarm is triggered when somebody is scanned with a body temperature higher than 37.3 degrees Celsius.
The helmet has a speaker which allows it to ‘speak’, telling passersby the ‘maximum body temperature is 36.4 degrees Celsius, please pass’.
A small screen is placed in front of the wearer’s eyes and helps them lock onto those people with fevers quickly among crowds.
Lei Tao, who is in charge of the research and development of the helmet, said it can measure body temperatures in milliseconds.
The helmet is based on a prototype which was designed for use by cops in combat situations and can reportedly do the work of five or six epidemic prevention workers at once.
The device can reportedly record the temperatures of over 100 people in under two minutes.
China is also using drones to nag people into going back inside their homes to stop the coronavirus spreading.
Squadrons of flying machines are looking for people who’ve failed to obey quarantine curfews or are seen out in public without wearing a mask.
Speakers in the drone are then used to bark orders at these hapless humans.
‘Auntie, this is the drone speaking to you,’ one elderly lady is told in a video shared by China’s Global Times.
‘You’d better go home and don’t forget to wash your hands.’
In an another video, the drone catches a man outside working with his tractor.
‘Don’t laugh,’ the operator demands.
‘Now get on your cart and go home immediately.’
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