A man attacked a 300-pound security robot in Mountain View, California, according to local police. A man in the Silicon Valley town has been arrested after allegedly attacking a Knightscope K5 security robot. He claimed he was trying to "test" the robot. "When we arrived, we met with Sylvain, and as we were speaking with him, he appeared confused, had red, glassy eyes and a strong odor of alcohol emitted from him," a spokeswoman for the Mountain View police department told CNET. Sylvain has been charged with being drunk in public and a Knightscope employee requested his arrest for prowling.
The future of policing is five feet tall and weighs about 400 pounds. Don't worry, it's not what you think. Knightscope calls its a fully autonomous data security machine. It is meant to augment security and law enforcement with the tools of modern information technology. K5 is not supposed to be a gun-toting Robocop.
Ever since RoboCop and Terminator 2: Judgment Day hit our screens a quarter century ago, people have dreaming about the use of robots to stop making hamburgers and packing boxes and start protecting the general populace. That's the mission statement of the 300-pound K5 security robot: a hefty robotic alternative to the regular security guard who packs an impressive number of features. Having been in development for a few years, the K5 has been making the news this week -- after being spotted in its (his?) new job as a mall cop at Stanford Shopping Center, where the sighting has even prompted the hashtag #securityrobot. Related: China's first robotic security guard makes its debut "Think of the K5 as an advanced anomaly detection device," Stacy Dean Stephens, manufacturing company Knightscope's vice president of marketing and sales, tells Digital Trends. "It patrols within a geofenced area using its sensors to alert security professionals of potential threats.