Security Guard Robot Caught Lying Down on Job

first_imgIt’s ok security robot. It’s a stressful job, we’ve all been there.— Sparkle Ops (@SparkleOps) July 17, 2017No witnesses have come forward on behalf of the drowned robot; it remains unclear whether its plunge was intentional or accidental.Neither The Washington Harbour nor Knightscope immediately responded to Geek’s request for comment. But a spokesman for the robo-maker told Ars Technica that the “isolated incident” is under investigation, and a replacement bot is on its way to Washington Harbour.The high-tech machine boasts 360-degree vision and the ability to scan up to 1,500 car license plates per minute. And while it can’t yet make arrests or taser a criminal, it will call the cops or fire a loud siren in an emergency situation.But, considering it fell down five steps into the shallow waters of a large ornamental structure, the K5’s software could probably use some tweaking.Last year, a 41-year-old Mountain View man drunkenly assaulted one of Knightscope’s egg-shaped security droids outside a Silicon Valley shopping center. A few months later, a K5 ran over a 16-month-old child in what the manufacturer called a “freakish accident,” according to Ars Tech.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Review: ‘Daemon X Machina’ Has Big Robots, Small Fun on Nintendo SwitchThis Robot Is Equal Parts Lawnmower and Snow Blower Our D.C. office building got a security robot. It drowned itself.We were promised flying cars, instead we got suicidal robots.— Bilal Farooqui (@bilalfarooqui) July 17, 2017 Stay on target Georgetown-based retail park The Washington Harbour last week introduced Steve, a security robot with “an extensive catalogue of security capabilities.”Unfortunately, navigating steps is not among them.Just days after the pilot technology was announced, tragedy struck the D.C. office building: Steve was found face-down in a fountain.The Knightscope K5 Autonomous Data Machine, inspired by the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, is used to monitor crime in schools, businesses, and neighborhoods.Standing (er, laying) at 5 feet tall, the 300-pound android employs various sensors—video camera, thermal imaging, laser range finder, radar, microphone—to detect misconduct.And “he’s totally OK with selfies,” The Washington Harbour said.Alas, just like the Daleks it appears to be modeled after, the K5 seems incapable of navigating stairs. Steps are our best defense against the Robopocalypse (Security robot down at Georgetown harbor)— Peter W. Singer (@peterwsinger) July 17, 2017 It’s a fun day here at @gmmb. The super high-tech security robot at our office complex has had a mishap.— Greg Pinelo (@gregpinelo) July 17, 2017last_img

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