Drone tells staff to go home

The Daily Telegraph - - World news - By Our For­eign Staff

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.

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