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What your neighbourhood watch needs is a community-minded Dalek that sees all and never sleeps
knightscope’s k5 IS THE DROI D you’re looking for. A law-enforcement concept straight out of Silicon Valley, its capsule of highgrade military surveillance tech on wheels is RoboCop reborn as R2-D2. Designed to tackle petty crime by monitoring its environment constantly, it analyses people’s behaviour to predict when crimes are occuring and then shares that information with authorities and the wider community via social networks.
Behind that steely gaze sit thermal imaging sensors, a 360-degree HD camera, microphones, infrared, 3D laser-mapping and air-quality sensors to sniff out substance abuse or industrial accidents. It also contains optional character-recognition software that searches and tops up a centralised database of ne’er-do-wells. A prototype is in development, with beta testing hitting a street near you soon. $TBC, Knightscope.com