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Other Name
AUXILIARY ROBOTIC EDUCATIONAL SYSTEM POLICE ROBOT
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
FIBREGLASS, PLASTIC, POLYESTER
Catalogue Number
P19960112137
Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
AUXILIARY ROBOTIC EDUCATIONAL SYSTEM POLICE ROBOT
Date
1985
Materials
FIBREGLASS, PLASTIC, POLYESTER
No. Pieces
4
Height
142
Length
78.5
Width
69
Description
1. REMOTE-CONTROLLED MOBILE ROBOT. DARK BLUE HAND-LAID FIBREGLASS BODY. TRIANGULAR IN SHAPE BELOW WAIST WITH SQUARED TORSO, MOUNTED WITH 23.5CM X 21CM TELEVISION MONITOR. TWO SPEAKER PANELS ON FRONT LOWER BODY; SEAT BELT AND BUCKLE AT WAIST. LEFT ARM MOUNTED WITH SET OF TRAFFIC LIGHTS WHICH CHANGE BY REMOTE CONTROL. "CITY OF LETHBRIDGE POLICE FORCE" FLASH ON LEFT SHOULDER; MISSING FROM RIGHT. "VISIBAR" SERVES AS ROBOT HEAD; CONSISTS OF RED AND BLUE RECTANGULAR PLASTIC ATTACHMENT WHICH FLASHES WHEN IN USE. ROTATES 180 DEGREES AND INCLUDES 16MM T.V. LENS AT CENTRE. DECAL OF DEPARTMENT CREST ON LOWER LEFT OF BODY; RIGHT SIDE HAS "MINER'S LIBRARY CLUB LETHBRIDGE" DECAL. PAINTED IN WHITE ON FRONT TORSO IS "OFFICER MINER BROWN LETHBRIDGE POLICE FORCE". VIDEO AND AUDIO CASSETTE PLAYERS MOUNTED IN BACK; COVERED BY VELCROED ACCESS PANEL, HINGED AT BOTTOM. BELOW IS LARGER ACCESS PANEL WITH PULL, ALSO VELCROED; CONCEALS ELECTRICAL COMPONENTS, WHICH SLIDE OUT ON TRACKS. BAR AT BOTTOM FRONT AND BACK; BACK ONE GLUED AT BOTH ENDS. VINYL SKIRT AROUND BASE; FOUR RUBBER WHEELS. RED AND GREEN PUSH-BUTTON SWITCHES AT REAR OF ROBOT ON LOWER PANEL. 2. PLASTIC DOME. 30CM (H) X 35.5CM (D). TRANSPARENT BROWN-TINTED PLASTIC DOME; FITS OVERTOP VISIBAR OF ROBOT, RESTING IN NECK RING. 3. COVER. 138CM (H) X 136.2CM (W). NAVY BLUE POLYESTER COVER FOR ROBOT. CIRCULAR AT TOP, ELASTICIZED AROUND CIRCUMFERENCE APP. 11CM BELOW TOP SEAM. FALLS STRAIGHT TO FLOOR, DRAPING OVER ENTIRE ROBOT. SMALL HOLES AND SNAGS IN TOP. 4. AUDIO CASSETTE. 1.1CM (H) X 10CM (L) X 6.3CM (W). TRANSPARENT GREY-TINTED AUDIO CASSETTE TAPE. STICKER ON ONE SIDE PRINTED WITH "I'M A POLICEMAN CREATIVE SOUND CONCEPTS (404) 634-3382"; REVERSE HAS STICKER WITH COMPLETE COMPANY ADDRESS. CASSETTE WAS LOCATED INSIDE PLAYER IN ROBOT.
Subjects
OTHER T&E FOR COMMUNICATION
Historical Association
SAFETY SERVICES
History
PURCHASED AND DONATED TO THE LETHBRIDGE POLICE DEPARTMENT BY THE MINERS CLUB OF LETHBRIDGE, AS A CENTENNIAL YEAR COMMUNITY SERVICES PROJECT. PRESIDENT OF THE CLUB AT THE TIME WAS JIM BROWN, AFTER WHOM THE ROBOT WAS NAMED. ROBOT USED BY THE CRIME PREVENTION UNIT, TO TEACH CHILDREN ABOUT SAFETY, DEALING WITH STRANGERS, DRUGS, BIKE SAFETY, ETC. IT WAS UNVEILED SEPTEMBER 23, 1985. AT THE TIME IT WAS CONSIDERED TO BE A TECHNOLOGICAL BREAKTHROUGH IN ROBOTICS, AND CONSIDERED THE EDUCATIONAL VEHICLE FOR THE 80'S TO PRESENT INFORMATION TO THE YOUNGER GENERATION, AS WELL AS ADULTS. LETHBRIDGE WAS THE FIRST CITY WEST OF ONTARIO TO USE THE ARES ROBOT FOR CHILD SAFETY EDUCATION. THE ROBOT COST $30,000 PLUS AN ADDITIONAL $5,000, DONATED BY THE MINERS' CLUB, TO TRAIN OFFICERS ON HOW TO RUN IT. CONSTABLE VINCE ERDOS ATTENDED TRAINING SESSIONS IN TORONTO AND ATLANTA, AND SERVED AS THE MAIN OPERATOR OF THE ROBOT. HISTORY, PHOTOS, AND SERVICE MANUALS TRANSFERRED TO ARCHIVES. IN 2006, IT WAS DISCOVERED THAT BOTH SIDE RUBBER WHEELS HAD DISINTERGRATED AND WERE NO LONGER ABLE TO SUPPORT THE OVERHEAD WEIGHT OF THE ROBOT. THE WHEELS WERE, THEREFORE, BAGGED FOR FUTURE REFERENCE AND KEPT IN ASSOCIATION WITH THE ROBOT. *UPDATE* IN 2014 COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT JANE EDMUNDSON CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF ART OBJECTS, INCLUDING SOME DONATED BY THE CITY OF LETHBRIDGE POLICE SERVICES. FOR A BRIEF ACCOUNT OF THE LETHBRIDGE POLICE COLLECTION, SEE RECORD P19960112001. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION ABOUT THE CITY OF LETHBRIDGE POLICE SERVICES AND TRANSCRIPTS OF INTERVIEWS AND CORRESPONDENCE WITH CURRENT AND FORMER LETHBRIDGE POLICE, SEE PERMANENT FILE P19960112000.
Catalogue Number
P19960112137
Acquisition Date
1996-12
Collection
Museum
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