Beijing court employs Sanbot King Kong robot to offer litigation services

Sanbot King Kong litigation robot
A Sanbot King Kong robot named Xiaofa stands ready to dispense basic litigation services at Beijing First Intermediate People's Court. Image credit: Qihan

Officials at Beijing First Intermediate People’s Court have begun using an AI-powered robot – Sanbot King Kong, designed by Chinese robotics company Qihan – to perform basic litigation services.

The service robot, named Xiaofa, offers convenience to lawyers and citizens by reducing wait times and cost of resources, says Qihan.

At 1.5 meters, Xiaofa is equipped with multiple 3D vSLAM (vision simultaneous localization and mapping) cameras and six built-in microphones, allowing it to interact with courthouse visitors. Powered by IBM Watson and Nuance, Xiaofa uses speech recognition technology to transfer visitor inquiries to designated service portals.

“The Xiaofa humanoid robot is capable of memorizing and explaining over 7,000 Chinese laws and regulations, allowing it to assist visitors who would like to learn more about the litigation process, its rules and details of prior cases,” said Zhao Lan, litigation management official at Beijing First Intermediate People’s Court.

“Integrating robots is a cost-effective, efficient way to provide important information to the public sector,” said Qihan vice president Ryan Wu. “From the home to the factory and now to the courthouse, robotics-as-a-service is an instrumental industry solution that is transforming how we interact with the world around us.”

The Beijing First Intermediate People’s Court isn’t the first courthouse to adopt artificial intelligence and robotic services, according to Qihan. The Intermediate People’s Court of Nanjing, Xi’an and Guangzhou Baiyun District People’s Court have also deployed Xiaofa robots this year.

Qihan says that Sanbot King Kong will be officially released at CES 2018.

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