Microsoft Silicon Valley campus has some patrol robot, which four groups, each five feet tall, 300 pounds, looked like a rocket. They softly humming sound to different direction, stopped turning, avoid garbage, walls and other obstacles.
Robot is designed to be friendly but not too friendly, and this is in order to adapt to the businesses, shopping malls, campus monitoring needs. They are made from Knightscope start-ups, since 2013, the company focused on the design, development, testing K5 and has developed seven, four inputs will be applied before the end of this year. The robot can detect abnormal behavior, such as the person through the building at night, and then reported to the remote Security Center. NASA wants to Venus to build a Castle in the sky
Cute and serious security robot
To work like a human security, concentrated in the K5 dome-shaped fuselage was fitted with cameras, sensors, navigation equipment, electric motors, as well as a large rechargeable battery and computer. It has four HD cameras (one on each side), a license plate recognition camera, four microphones, and a meteorological sensor (looks like a DVD slot), can measure air pressure, carbon dioxide levels and temperature. Robot via WiFi or wireless data networks with other robots, people who monitor their cameras, microphones and remote communication.
"According to different applications, K5 can replace monotonous, and sometimes dangerous work, and leave the work to strategic law enforcement officers or private security," said Knightscope co-founder Stacy Stephens.
GPS systems and laser range finders to help develop robots patrol routes, avoiding obstacles. When they get to a new place, and a wireless controller with robots in the people who walk around in a circle, decided they would patrol areas and understand their environment. "You give a base map, and then it will be processed," Stephens said.
K5 can monitor their battery usage and to the charging station when needed, single charge its built-in battery can last for about 24 hours, 15-20 minutes for charging.
While the K5 looks pretty friendly, and does not carry any weapons, but it is not easy to hoax. If you walk in front of it, it will suddenly stop. If you try to withhold it, after a while its built-in alarm begins to chirp away, and sends a low level alarm to a remote monitoring center. If you are constantly harassed, it sends another warning, and a harsh alarm, prompt the operator to use Knightscope to check the status of the sensor, see robots around what happened, and talk to the harasser. If you need help while the robot is in the vicinity, you can press a button near its head, called remote workers.
Can replace humans?
More and more companies are using robots to assist or even replace humans to do traditional work done by a human. The trend is accelerating, because robots are getting smarter, more flexible and more adaptable to specific tasks. Although most of the robots are doing Assembly work, there are a few companies, including the Knightscope am sure that robots can take on other tasks.
Knightscope may not completely replace the security immediately, it is estimated that last year United States employ more than 1 million security personnel. But when these security personnel at Knightscope robots a month more than twice times charges $ 6.25. This may appeal to some businesses and schools a try. There are dozens of potential customers interested in K5, including many security companies, because of high security worker mobility.
The company has a Super standard robot security application. For example, Stephens idea can develop an app through this app students can request accompanied by a robot at night across the campus. But Knightscope either technically and culturally still faced many challenges, if robots are to serve as security guards, on the one hand, you need to prove that they are effective for a long time, on the other hand, people do not dislike robots exist. 0
In addition, the K5 balance but also to strengthen because they occasionally tip over, they can't get up by himself like a human security.