The Knightscope K5 robot’s 5-foot-tall bullet-shaped frame is impressive. Studded with cameras and sensors and colored Stormtrooper black and white, it really is imposing. But that’s the point: It’s a robot cop, and it doesn’t want you to forget it.
At the Launch Festival today in San Francisco, CEO William Santana Li showed me the robot’s capabilities. The K5 can see, feel, hear and smell to determine whether biochemicals or radiation are present and collect data like license plate numbers, video and thermal images. It charges itself and moves autonomously.
While it’s not about to shoot someone, it can instantly report a problem to authorities and include relevant data like a video of the incident and license plate data. Imagine if no one had to call 911 in a panicked state; the robot does it calmly and more thoroughly.
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