Hungary

Robocop helps Hungary police

MNA Science & Tech Desk: A talkative little robot has been enlisted by police in Hungary to help bring an electric jolt to presentations in schools and pensioner clubs.

“Hi kids!” said robot “Robi” to a class of primary school children in Szolnok, 100 kilometres (60 miles) east of Budapest.

About 40 centimetres tall and 20 wide (16 by eight inches), and weighing 1.6 kilogrammes (3.5 pounds), Robi’s 16-part body stood on a table, gesturing as he talks.

Robi has been operational in the Jasz-Nagykun-Szolnok county since May, and Erdos, 38, said there are plans to have similar robots jumping into action soon around the country.

Most weeks Erdos takes Robi with him to help at presentations to schoolkids and elderly people on themes like crime prevention, digital security and road safety.

Occasionally Robi also greets reporters at press conferences, where he gives advice on how to avoid crimes like break-ins.

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