While Microsoft’s K-5 security guard robots aren’t officially employed to protect the company’s Silicon Valley campus, testing has now begun on these robotic guards. But it’s not exactly what you may think, if you’re expecting something straight out of a sci-fi movie.
The K-5 robots stand five feet tall and weigh in at an impressive 300 pounds, and come with HD security cameras and sensors for them to make their way around. The robots come with their own artificial intelligence, allowing them to sound an alarm if something’s amiss, as well as determine whether a license plate is stolen or not. Charging takes about 20 minutes to complete, giving the Microsoft guards about one full day per charge. But these robots don’t come with weapons, and they won’t do the dirty work themselves once they sense trouble – instead, they’ll send for a human security guard to take care of things, if sounding an alarm isn’t enough.
That’s right – these K-5 robots are rather peace-loving by nature, as supplier Knightscope itself refers to them as “autonomous data machines” with a “commanding but friendly”” disposition. But if you’re disappointed that the robots are undergoing testing unarmed, reports suggest the Microsoft security robots may eventually be equipped with tasers. And these reports also claim Knightscope may have the robots complement human law enforcement units, which is interesting, but probably something to think about later, rather than sooner.