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Knightscope’s Autonomous Robots Will Take on Security Jobs Normally Held by Humans

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Robots – round, slick and Dalek like now patrol Microsoft’s Silicon Valey. They behave like a Roomba and avoid obstacles in their way while they monitor corporate and college campuses, and now shopping malls, and schools.

The robot, known as the K5, is being developed by Knightscope, a startup based in Mountain View, California, Seven have been built so far, and the company plans to deploy four more before the end of the year.

The robots specialize in detecting anomalous behavior, such as someone walking through a building at night, and report back to a remote security center.

>“This takes away the monotonous and sometimes dangerous work, and leaves the strategic work to law enforcement or private security, depending on the application,” Knightscope cofounder and vice president of sales and marketing Stacy Stephens said as a K5 glided nearby.

here are four high-definition cameras (one on each side of the robot), a recognition camera, four microphones, and a sensor for measuring barometric pressure, carbon dioxide levels, and temperature. The robots use Wi-Fi or a wireless data network to communicate with each other and this allows remote monitoring by the cameras, microphones, and other sources of data.

>CEO William Santana Li spoke at a tech event—a human with a wireless controller shows the robot around to determine the area it will patrol and let it learn about its surroundings. “You give it a base map and then it starts building from that,” Stephens says.

The robot’s battery typically last about 24 hours on a single charge, but like the Roomba they can wheel back to their charging pad for a 15 or 20 minute refuel.

If you walk in front of it, it will stop abruptly. Try to detain it and its built-in alarm will begin to chirp as a warning while sending a low-level alert to a remote monitoring center. Keep bothering it, and an ear-piercing alarm will sound as it sends another alert, prompting an operator to use Knightscope’s browser-based software to check out the status of the sensors, see what’s happening around the robot, and talk to anyone who may be there harassing it.

At the moment they apparently are not Weebles because when they wobble they do fall down.


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