Honolulu police use robot to check temperature of homeless people


Body temperature control is an extremely important fact in the era of the COVID-19 epidemic. But what about people who don’t have access to medical devices because they are homeless, for example? Boston Dynamics’ robots can solve this problem.

The Hawaii police came up with an unusual idea to use the famous robot dog of the American company Boston Dynamics to help homeless people measure their body temperature. If a fever is detected, the robot will immediately notify medical services that are interested in the sick person. The solution is aimed at ensuring the health of police officers, as well as limiting possible quarantine in case of contact with an infected person.

Using the robot also makes financial sense. Officer Mike Lambert makes it clear that while the cost of purchasing the robot was high (devices of this kind cost in the $150,000 range), it will still pay for itself in just 90 days. Any police intervention not only requires providing the necessary equipment and type of transport, but also absorbs a large part of the budget because of payroll and covering the subsequent possible quarantine.