Jill Scharr
Live Science
December 22, 2013

Bullet-shaped robot that stands about 5 feet tall, the K5 "security guard" looks a lot like the droid R2-D2 from the Star Wars films.
Bullet-shaped robot that stands about 5 feet tall, the K5 “security guard” looks a lot like the droid R2-D2 from the Star Wars films.
Robot security guards are staples of most futuristic sci-fi movies, video games and TV shows. They exist in real life as well, though the sight of a security robot patrolling the streets is far from common.

The K5 Beta, a just-unveiled prototype from California-based company Knightscope, might change all that.

A bullet-shaped robot that stands about 5 feet (1.5 meters) tall, the K5 looks a lot like the droid R2-D2 from the “Star Wars” films. The K5 might not have all the features of its counterpart from a galaxy far, far away. But what it does have, Knightscope representatives said, is an onboard sensor array that can see, hear, touch and smell its surroundings.

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