The KNIGHTSCOPE K5 Autonomous Data Machine

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The Knightscope K5 is a multi-sensor security robot that looks a bit like a cross between Star Wars R2-D2 and E.V.E. from WALL-E. However the K5 is five feet tall and weighs 300 pounds. And it might be patrolling your city’s streets in the near future especially if you live in any one of the cities where  pension costs are driving police forces to explore unusual solutions. The Knightscope K5 Autonomous Data Machine utilizes a combination of an autonomous robotic platform, predictive analytics, and a social engagement model with the goal of reducing crime in the United States by 50%. How does it work? Knightscope ‘s robot roams the streets collecting data and “Data collected through these sensors is processed through our predictive analytics engine, combined with existing business, government and crowdsourced social data sets, and subsequently assigned an alert level that determines when the community and the authorities should be notified of a concern.”

And it does all this for $6.25 per patrol hour.

The company is run by a group of former Ford Motor executives and recently raised a $1 million investment.

The robot is capable of autonomous and sermi-autonomous operation and can communicate with human operators and other robots directly. The system can be configured to include a variety of advanced sensors systems: thermal imaging, lidar, air quality sensing,  360 degree high resolution video coverage, etc.

Watch the K5 in action.

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3 Responses

  1. Alex says:

    Has anyone seen the new movie “Transcendence”? Would Hplus care to write a commentary on it?

  2. Pure marketing rubbish. Some slick PR types are trying to sell this mindless little toy that drives around and takes pictures as a solution for crime. Problem is that it isn’t smart enough to autonomously identify obvious threats (someone pointing a gun at a teller) or recognize clear acts of violence. And could you imagine one of these trying to police a school playground? Good luck! Anyone who is foolish enough to waste money on one of these will get lots of false alarms and these toys would be far too easy for simple-minded criminals to compromise.

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