New Robots Designed to Patrol Routes Security Guards Shun
NEWS ANALYSIS: Knightscope launched its K5 security robot to provide a way to keep watch on sites that are difficult to patrol by human security guards.Chances are the Knightscope K5 security robot isn't what you'd expect when you think about robots. But then again, when iRobot's Roomba came out, it didn't look like a robot either. What you see if you happen to pull into the right parking lot near San Francisco is a device that looks like a 5-foot tall, 300-pound white egg balanced on one end gliding quietly through the area. Its conical shape is vaguely reminiscent of Robby the Robot from the 1956 movie "Forbidden Planet," but without the arms, legs and other moving appendages. But then the idea behind the Knightscope device isn't quite what you'd expect either. This security robot is intended to replace people in one of life's most boring jobs—that of outside security guard. According to Stacy Stephens, vice president of marketing and sales and one of Knightscope's founders, the K5 robot is designed specifically to operate outside in parking lots, in garages and in other places where it can perform routine patrols.
Stephens said that the team that designed the robot comes from the automotive and law enforcement fields, so the company used that experience to decide how the K5 would be deployed initially.