These are the ‘RoboCop’ Artificial Intelligence helmets worn by Chinese officials which record the temperatures of passersby and alert the person wearing them in real-time to anyone with a fever.
The helmets were designed by technology firm Kuang-chi, which is based in Shenzhen, in southern China’s Guangdong province, and have been used in several Chinese cities such as Shanghai, Chengdu and Shenzhen.
The helmets are powered by Artificial Intelligence (AI) and are fitted with a camera which can scan the body temperatures of anyone within a five-metre (16-foot) radius.
Chengdu official Liu Tao, who uses the helmets in his work as an epidemic prevention and control officer, says a small alarm is triggered when somebody is scanned with a body temperature higher than 37.3 degrees Celsius.
The helmet has a speaker which allows it to ‘speak’, telling passersby “maximum body temperature is 36.4 degrees Celsius, please pass.”
A small screen is placed in front of the wearer’s eyes and helps them lock onto those people with fevers quickly among crowds.
Lei Tao, who is in charge of the research and development of the helmet, said it can measure body temperatures in milliseconds.
The helmet is based on a prototype which was designed for use by cops in combat situations and can reportedly do the work of five or six epidemic prevention workers at once.
The device can reportedly record the temperatures of over 100 people in under two minutes.
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