As Artificial Intelligence becomes more and more prevalent in society I decided to do a study about how we could augment the safety of Police Officers while on foot and bicycle patrol in metropolitan areas.
Augmenting the officer:
I looked at common tasks and safety issues officers face when patrolling:
Immediate Officer Safety
Face Tracking(Machine Learning)
Hand Tracking(Machine Learning)
Emotional State(Machine Learning)
Civilian Race(ML & Database)
Civilian Age(Database & ML)
Team Member Location(GPS)
Then I did a bit of exploration on speculative design for such an assistant via Hollywood.
Well cool stuff, but how would any of this work in real-time. Personally, I am overwhelmed with heavy UI in realtime gameplay. I can only imagine deciphering UI cues on a wearable during a high stress situation.
As I looked at all this information I thought some information gathering & logistics could be offloaded from the officer. So, as I move forward
I decided to approach in tiers of visual focus:
Tier 1(Safety) Information
Tier 2(Public Safety Tasks)
Tier 3(ancillary information, not safety or task critical)
A department would have non-patrol officers to assist patrol officers. They would be a secondary eyes and ears for the patrolling officers.
Officers would have a reduced visibility of the Assist UI
Initial version would be augmented by AI and a secondary officer at the department.
I began to think what wearables would look like and what the general components I would need to account for in such a design. There was also a social perception of a officer wearable.
Able to wear for ~4 Hours
Ability to run or make fast head movements while wearing
8 hour charge for a shift
Field of View
Tether should not be limiting Officer head articulation
Backpack would need to stay cool and be padded adequately for comfort
Non-authoritarian(should not look like riot suppression gear)
My initial thought for setting up the wearable as an officer would be ~5 minutes at a station within the department. Ideally, there would be a way to configure when not on premises.
Some current versions of wearables.
How would this Patrol Assist system work?
Following versions would be augmented by AI only.