Knightscope, a California-based startup, has built a robot security guard, the K5 Autonomous Data Machine.
The K5 has been deployed to its first post at Microsoft’s campus in Silicon Valley.
According to Knightscope’s website, the purpose of the K5 is to “predict and prevent crime utilizing: Large-Scale Robotics, Predictive Analytics, [and] Social Engagement.”
The K5 interacting with a security detail (photo: Knightscope)
The robot must first be introduced to its environment by a human after which it is able to produce a map of its patrol area. It is also equipped with: “Optical Character Recognition, Omnidirectional Imaging, Thermal Imaging, Microphones, Air Quality, Ultrasonic and Infrared [sensors], Radar and Lidar.”
In the case of anomalies within the K5′s digital mapping of the area it is patrolling, it will sound a deafening alarm and notify its human controllers.
Knightscope co-founder Stacy Stephens is expecting to deploy the K5 to schools as well as corporate offices.
In an interview with MIT Technology Review, he explained, “This [K5] takes away the monotonous and sometimes dangerous work, and leaves the strategic work to law enforcement or private security, depending on the application.”
According to Stephens, the K5 may not be bought but is instead ‘hired’ from the company at an hourly rate of $6.25 USD.
The K5 is approximately 1.5 metres tall and is WiFi equipped.