That's certainly ambitious, though one wonders how inspired the project can be by 9/11 if the team wasn't formed until April 2013. In the pitch deck, a series of slides designed to sell the company to investors, Knightscope has another target in mind: the human cost of existing security systems. One slide in the pitch deck compares the costs of 24 hours of coverage by three shifts of three human security guards, versus 24 hours of coverage by two knightscope robots and three shifts of one human guard. The Knightscope robots, billed at 7/hour, are significantly cheaper than security guards, billed at 25/hour. The slide concludes that the Knightscope team costs 936 for 24 hours of security, compared to 1,800 for the team of only human guards.
"So, we wanted to be proactive in ensuring the safety of all of our physicians, Associates and patients who visit The Children's Hospital. The robots will serve as a first line of defense to help detect and root out any potential security situations before they ever rise to the level of becoming a security threat."
A security company has apologized for a "freakish accident" after its crime-fighting robot hit a 16-month-old boy on the head and ran over him at a shopping mall in Palo Alto. Knightscope Inc. said attempts to reach the family haven't been successful, but the company invited them to its headquarters in Mountain View, Calif., to prevent similar incidents from happening. "Our first thoughts are for the family, and we are thankful that there were no serious injuries," said William Santana Li, the company's chairman and chief executive officer. "Our primary mission is to serve the public's overall safety, and we take any circumstances that would compromise that mission very seriously." The company said the child ran toward the robot, which veered to avoid him as it was patrolling, and the toddler then ran backward and directly into the robot.
Steve the autonomous security robot made international headlines earlier this week after he accidentally toppled into a fountain while on duty at the Washington Harbour complex in Washington, D.C. Left submerged and useless after water flooded his vital components (which is what tends to happen when land-based robots come into contact with liquids), a severely sodden Steve was hauled from the pool and returned to his maker for checks. The company, a Silicon Valley-based outfit called Knightscope, has been developing its 6-foot, 400-pound K5 robot cop since 2013. When functioning properly, the sensor- and camera-equipped K5 works alongside human security personnel and is programmed to spot suspicious characters or behavior. It also released a photo (above) showing another K5 standing forlornly, if robots can stand forlornly, at a memorial for Steve.
By now you've probably heard of that security robot that fell into a fountain in Washington, DC-- it's practically the stuff of legend as far as the internet is concerned. But what really happened on that tragic day? We're starting to get a clearer picture. Bisnow has learned that the robot, a Knightscope K5 nicknamed Steve, was neither the victim of a pushy human nor showing signs of trouble before it took its fateful plunge. It was supposed to follow a prescribed route that kept it out of harm's way, so the robot had to have made a decision to veer off the beaten path.