Singapore deploys robot 'dog' to encourage social distancing

Publication Title
Publication/Creation Date
May 8 2020
Michelle Toh (creator)
Boston Dynamics (contributor)
Persuasive Intent

Hong Kong (CNN Business)Singapore is trying a new way to get its residents to stay away from each other.

On Friday, the government announced it would start deploying Spot, Boston Dynamics' famous yellow and black canine robot, at one local park.

The four-legged robot "dog" will patrol the area starting this weekend and broadcast a pre-recorded message to visitors to remind them of the importance of social distancing, authorities said. The device will also be equipped with cameras that will scan the surroundings and help officials estimate the number of people gathering in parks, they said.
HCI Platform
Location on Body
Entire Body
Technology Keywords
Robotics, Cameras
Marketing Keywords
Boston Dynamics, Spot, SpotMini

Date archived
May 18 2020
Last edited
May 18 2020
How to cite this entry
Michelle Toh. (May 8 2020). "Singapore deploys robot 'dog' to encourage social distancing". CNN. CNN. Fabric of Digital Life.