Knightscope is a company founded by William Santana Li focused on creating a line of “Autonomous Data Machines” that can be used to remotely gather environmental data and feed that information back to companies to be combined into their existing datasets and business decision processes.
The company has plans for two types of models; the K5 which looks like an upgraded R2-D2, and the much larger K10 designed to be deployed on roads or in open terrain settings. The units can both be customized with sensors to enable them to:
- Capture temperature and air quality readings
- Provide 3d environment mapping (including thermal and night time imaging) using ultrasonic, infrared, radar and lidar sensors
- Analyze images (OCR capabilities)
- Record audio and video
- Determine proximity and location of objects
The company sees the units being deployed in a wide range of scenarios including in construction zones to monitor a site’s development, in industrial settings to help keep track of inventory and assets, and even in shopping locations to act as a market research gathering tool for retailers and advertisers.
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