Any technology worth its silicon chips is born out of the desire to solve a problem. The spark which prompted the Sentinel Robotic System just happens to be more tragic than most.
“In July last year, there were two specific instances that really pushed us to develop this device,” Vaibhav Tadepalli, a researcher at Duke University, told Digital Trends. “On July 6, Philando Castile was shot during a traffic stop in front of his girlfriend and four-year-old daughter. Then, two days later, officer Michael Flamion was shot as he approached a vehicle during another traffic stop.”