Knightscope is Silicon Valley based company that has been developing a personal security robot for use in the streets, schools, and other public areas. The five foot surveillance camera includes facial recognition, a laser imaging sensor that can map a 3D area, and thermal imaging among other capabilities. After public tragedies occur, we often wish there was something to predict and recognize that something was amiss. Some of the many limitations of human security is our field of vision, inability to see through crowds, and sleep cycles. A machine that can crowd source for security and raise flags that the human eye cannot detect may help small and large scale tragedies from occurring.

A mock control center displays some of the capabilities that this 500 lb robot has:

These machines are not for sale yet, and will be tested at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.