The Knightscope K5 – A Real World Robocop
Autonomous Data Machines – “Predict and Prevent Crime”
While Detroit may erect a statue of the Robocop from the movies, other locations are soon deploying Knightscope K5 robots. While the machine looks like a cross between R2D2 and a conehead, the 300-pound robot is designed to be a huge asset to law enforcement. In my opinion, it certainly looks large enough to be a deterrent. Just knowing that it is following and monitoring you would make one think twice. It is intended to be a supplemental tool to law enforcement and not a replacement to human officers.
Knightscope’s mission is to cut crime by 50%. Their mission statement is:
Knightscope’s Autonomous Data Machines reduce crime by accelerating situational awareness using technology-based sensor payloads to gather critical data. This allows for faster response times and greater opportunities to save lives and preserve peace.
While that may seem like a lofty goal, they are drawing much media attention. They are taking orders for the K5s already and have been featured on numerous media outlets. The MIT Technolgy Review had good things to say about this automated security guard. I spent a good deal of time at the company’s YouTube page. If you spend some time there, I bet you will agree with me. This bot might attain that 50% goal.
The Kightscope K5 is impressive; capable of continuous 360-degree surveillance, facial and vocal recognition, speeds of up to 25 miles per hour and it can even detect dirty bombs. It knows when it needs a charge and still monitors 360 degrees while charging.
You can find out more about the bot at the Knightscope Website or, if you are ready to drop about 4.5 K and invest the estimated operating cost 6.25 per hour, you can place your order.
The release video below contains some great information on the K5.