Microsoft has tried out robots as security guards on its campus

A group of short-statured, high-profile visitors recently toured Microsoft's Silicon Valley campus without the aid of bodyguards. The tourists — whose appearance falls somewhere between R2 models and Daleks — were innovative bots designed to be security guards, themselves, and without such pesky human qualities as fear and doubt.

As part of the nationwide Tech in Motion series, Microsoft's “Rise of the Robots” event allowed attendees to get up close and (im)personal with a pack of K5 security robots, compliments of their Knightscope creators. Equipped with cameras, Wi-Fi, thermal imaging, and even bio-chemical and radioactivity sensors, the droids are able to tour selected areas, record license plate and other info, and report back to manned stations when trouble is detected.

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