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By Lumistar's Chief Scientist

December 15, 2013

Robot Security Guards Have Thermal Imaging Camera

Lumistar Blog Knightscope K5

At 5 feet tall, 300 pounds a new droid is coming to a shopping mall near you for working for only $6.25 an hour. The average minimum wage in the United States is $7.25, or 9.32 in Washington state. Coming in substantially under those costs, Knightscope’s robot watchman service raises questions about whether artificial intelligence and robotics technologies are beginning to add another dimension to the workforce. This mobile robot known as the K5 Autonomous Data Machine, will replace security guards, with an industry wide high turnover of more than 400% at private security firms, or as the economic projections predict fulfill unmet demand as there will be a shortage of security personnel by 2024. Areas of interest for this new device, available next year, are schools, shopping centers, hotels, auto dealerships, stadiums, casinos, law enforcement agencies, seaports, and airports. The National Center for Education Statistics estimates 1.9 million incidents of violence, theft, or other crimes had taken place during the 2009-10 school year. Additionally, 790,000+ students reported carrying a weapon on school property on one or more days during a 30-day period because they felt unsafe. The company that makes the K5 hopes to put a dent in the $1+ trillion negative economic impact all crime has presently. The Knightscope K5 has a lot of this mash up of tech inside so that it can essentially see, hear, smell and ‘feel’. But as with all things robotic in order to see at night to be even remotely capable as humans it must have infrared. With thermal imaging cameras the machine has super vision in all conditions. Also on-board are analytics, proximity sensors, high quality microphones, biological, chemical and radiological detection, 360-degree HD video, GPS, and 3D mapping, radar, a laser range finder (LIDAR), ultrasonic speed and distance sensors, air quality sensor, and optical character recognition technology for scanning things like license plates for starters. The Knightscope founders believe in their future hard worker will be capable of crime prediction, or “precog” — a theme of the movie “Minority Report.” The all-seeing mobile robots will eventually be wirelessly connected to a centralized data server, where they will have access to “big data,” making it possible to recognize faces, license plates and other suspicious anomalies. Privacy advocates have concerns this is simply a real-time Google Street View System. The company defends their product by saying, “We have a different perspective. We don’t want to think about ‘RoboCop’ or ‘Terminator,’ we prefer to think of a mash-up of ‘Batman,’ ‘Minority Report’ and R2D2.” The K5 is not armed at this time.

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Filed under: Business,Camera,Infrared,Lumistar,Technology,Thermal Imaging,Uncategorized — Tags: — Lumistar @ 08:00


  1. Wait, laser beams don’t shoot out of its eyes? lol

    Comment by Fletcher Girard — December 15, 2013 @ 10:40


  3. Danger, Will Robinson! Beep beep doot doot. Twirls.

    Comment by Stephanie Phillips — December 15, 2013 @ 18:28


  5. I know I Robo-can. I know I Robo-can. Says the little can up the hill.

    Comment by Dominoxdy — December 17, 2013 @ 04:17


  7. I don’t know about you but I think I could out run this tin-cop.

    Comment by YonkersNY — December 18, 2013 @ 15:53


  9. “If I only had a heart.”

    Comment by Lighthouse17 — December 19, 2013 @ 08:07


  11. I’m pleased you wrote that!!!

    My Regards

    Comment by Sang — December 19, 2013 @ 10:42


  13. Help, I’ve fallen and I can’t get up – from this curb. No really. Don’t worry about lifting the 300 pounds I weigh.

    Comment by Frederik Nielsen — December 19, 2013 @ 12:25


  15. Surprise! You’re on Candid Robo-Canera!

    Comment by Mandy Metzger — December 19, 2013 @ 16:09


  17. We’re going to need a bazooka to take this out, aim for the head. Oh wait, wrong movie. Just shoot with handgun. Once.

    Comment by xxtsmart — December 22, 2013 @ 06:54


  19. At least it can see at night with thermal imaging. I’ll give it that one up on human security.

    Comment by Wolfgang Trommler — December 23, 2013 @ 11:17


  21. @Wolfgang, Have you seen the quality of thermal vision on this thing? I’m not so sure about that.

    Comment by Carol Abernathy — December 27, 2013 @ 04:02


  23. Possibly the most amazing read that I have read all month =D I enjoy the comments too!

    Comment by Ronny B. — December 29, 2013 @ 09:56


  25. Howdy! This is my first comment here so I just wanted to give a quick shout out and say I genuinely enjoy reading your articles. Thanks a lot! Happy New Year!

    Comment by Brendon Tunon — January 8, 2014 @ 16:21


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