The University of Birmingham has unveiled research into specialist robots capable of being deployed as security guards or nursing assistants which it intends to commercialise.

The robotic technology is the result of a £7.2m ($11.2m) collaborative project, known as STRANDS, between Birmingham, the University of Lincoln, security company G4S, and Austrian care provider the Academy of Ageing Research. The project was funded by the EU’s Seventh Framework programme.

The mobile robots are able to act independently, and utilise an understanding…

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