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The Daleks are real, and they're here to ... protect you? Something like that. As technology continues to advance, the use of robotics for everyday needs has become more and more common. It is still rare, though, that we see a 'bot that looks like something out of our favorite movie or tv show (but when they make a real life Baymax, sign me up).

Allow me to introduce you, then, to Microsoft's K5 security bot. While the robot may not look like an exact Dalek, you can tell that the engineers who crafted these security guards were fans of Doctor Who. While the robot bears a sleek and futuristic design, don't think you can just go up and hug it. K5 has eyes on the back of its head, as well as the sides; it can operate for 24 hours on a single battery charge, and it only takes 15-20 minutes to charge up a battery. These 5-foot-tall, 300lb security guards come with cameras, sensors, GPS, scanners, and a “commanding but friendly physical presence.”

Uhm, sure, that's not creepy at all.
Uhm, sure, that's not creepy at all.

K5 also reminds me a lot of Baymax from [Big Hero 6](movie:425271) - not just in it's white, slightly adorable design, but in it's AI's ability to learn and make educated decisions based off of those lessons. This will help the 'bot understand difference circumstances of situations, and how to handle them.

Deciding on how to handle delicate information sounds like something straight out of Star Wars, so I guess you know who to call when you need those plans to the Death Star hidden. Sounds like a very familiar astromech...

I'm trusting R2 with my embarassing childhood pics.
I'm trusting R2 with my embarassing childhood pics.

Another R2-ish attribute is K5's ability to "blast someone with an ear-piercing alarm": the fiesty astromech sure knew how to belt the beeps when things got crazy, or he needed to sass someone.

K5 has been patrolling Microsoft’s Silicon Valley campus as of recent, as part of a demonstration for Knightscope, the company that developed the technology. While there's not a lot of news on a widespread distribution for K5, seeing these security guards at your local mall would certainly be interesting.


Would you mind a K5 patrolling your mall?


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