Drone tells staff to go home
JAPANESE office workers are being confronted by a drone that hovers overhead and blares out Auld Lang Syne to try to force them to go home.
The “T-frend” was invented to try to combat Japan’s long-hours culture, and makes use of the Scottish tune which is typically played in the country to announce that a shop is closing. “You can’t really work when you think ‘it’s coming over any time now’ and hear Auld Lang Syne along with the buzz,” said Norihiro Kato, a director at Taisei, an office security and cleaning firm that co-developed the system.
Taisei plans to start the T-frend service in April with a “target price” of around 500,000 yen (£3,315) a month.