Robot Bouncer Patrols The Mall

The Japanese have always been rather more obsessed with robots than any other culture, and they are way out in front as far as putting them to work among humans is concerned – last week we met the robot receptionist; now say hello to Reborg-Q, the robotic shopping mall security guy. In addition to answering basic questions from the public and spouting promotional slogans from time to time, he’s packing four video cameras which automatically connect to some lazy meatpuppet in the security den when he spies mischief. Plus, he’s got one up on the daleks – he can control elevators to his advantage. You can run, but you can’t hide!