Social distancing detector can now check if you’re social distancing properly at work

Social distancing detector can now check if you’re social distancing properly at work
If you get too close to another person, a compuuter-generated rectangle turns from green to red. (Image: MIT Technology Review screen grab)

[Ed. – Big Brother: Maybe the device could be programmed to deliver an electric shock to violators.]

Andrew Ng’s startup Landing AI has created a new workplace monitoring tool that issues an alert when anyone is less than the desired distance from a colleague.

Six feet apart: On Thursday, the startup released a blog post with a new demo video showing off a new social distancing detector. On the left is a feed of people walking around on the street. On the right, a bird’s-eye diagram represents each one as a dot and turns them bright red when they move too close to someone else. The company says the tool is meant to be used in work settings like factory floors and was developed in response to the request of its customers (which include Foxconn). It also says the tool can easily be integrated into existing security camera systems, but that it is still exploring how to notify people when they break social distancing.

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