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'Benevolence Kings' Protect Japanese Workers Automatically

An automated system is under development to help protect workers from traffic in construction zones, or other areas where the traffic flow has been altered.


(Traffic 'guard' provides warning)

The automated system detects the speed and distance of approaching vehicles. If it becomes clear that a car or truck is going too fast and will be unable to stop, it sends a warning to all of the construction workers via bone conduction communication units embedded in their helmets. It also warns the driver of the wayward vehicle.

These new warning devices are named "benevolence kings" after the protector statues found outside the gates of most Japanese Buddhist temples. Their fierce and threatening appearance wards off evil spirits and keeps the temple ground free of demons and thieves.


(Ungyo at Sugimoto Dera, Kamakura)

Via Robot Watch.

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