Friday, 7 July 2017

Russian robot saves a girl from being crushed

A robot has been credited with saving a little girl's life as she was about to be crushed by a toppling shelf.

The girl can be seen in the lobby of a university but as her parent's back is turned she started to climb the shelf, presumably to reach something on the top shelf.

But as the shelving unit starts to topple the robot zooms forward and lifts up its arm to stop the metal unit collapsing down on top of the girl.

The young girl was said to be playing around in the lobby while visitors milled around on the busy day of the student graduation ceremony.

The university, which was also hosting an open day, had hordes of visitors but it is the apparently quick-thinking robot which bizarrely stepped in to stop a catastrophe.

The robot named Promobot reaches the shelves at the perfect time and is then seen holding out a hand to stop it from falling on top of the youngster as it starts to topple under her weight.

According to Oleg Kivokurtsev, Director of Promobot’s Development said the robot had been invited to the graduation ceremony to take part in the even, and was waiting for its turn to be called when the accident happened.

He added it was a "pure coincidence" as it is equipped with a 'mirror mode' which enables it to emulate human actions.

"When the robot saw this girl it had the mirror mode turned on.

"Promobot repeats the movements of the persons in the field of its view in this mode.

"So when the child started to move to the rack, the robot moved in the same direction.

"When the child began to raise his hands to climb on the rack, the robot also started to raise his hands.

"We are glad that Promobot was on the place at that moment, otherwise, the consequences could be deplorable for the child.

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