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Hi guys, I’m Philip English from RoboPhil.com, and welcome to my Robot Weekly update number 5. Rise of the robot security guards.
A startup company calles Knightscope is preparing to roll out human-size robot patrols. With Microsoft become on of the first companies to deploy these autonomous robots security guards. Dubbed the K5, Microsoft’s Silicon Valley campus was being policed last week by five of these roughly human-sized, 300-pound robots. Each equipped with enough cameras, sensors, artificial intelligence and alarms that they can replace most human security patrols.
The Knightscope K5 Autonomous Data Machine utilizes a combination of autonomous technology, robotics and predictive analytics to provide a command but friendly physical presence while gathering important real-time, on-site data with its numerous sensors.
Imagine a friend that can see, hear, feel and smell that would tirelessly watch over your corporate campus or neighborhood, keep your loved ones safe and put a smile on everyone passing by. Imagine if we could utilize technology to make our communities stronger and safer together.
Data collected through the K5 sensors is processed through the robots predictive analysis engine combined with existing business, government and crowdsourced social data sets, and subsequently assigned an alert level that determines when the community and the authorities should be notified a concern. If an alert is pushed, the K5 machine will turn on all of its sensors to not allow the entire community to review the data, but to contribute important real-time information.
Our approach alleviates any privacy concerns, engages the community on a social level to effectively crowdsource security, and provides an important feedback loop to the direction engine.
Knightscope’s quickest avenue to commercialize the K5 technology is in outdoor environments at corporate campuses, shopping centers and with private security companies. Tedious and monotonous monitoring will be handled by the K5 leaving the strategic, “hands-on” activities to security personnel.
Knightscope has also received numerous inquiries proposing a variety of use cases where the K5 would make a positive impact. These offer substantial future growth opportunities in areas including, but not limited to schools, hotels, auto dealership, stadiums, casinos, law enforement agencies, seaports and airports.
knightscope’s Mission is to cut crime by 50%, by developing the technology that will predict and prevent crime with an innovative combination of large-scale robotics, predictive analytics and social engagement.
We know that global warming is behind the melting of the polar ice caps, but how exactly is it happening?
Scientists from the California Institute of Technology (Caltech), University of East Anglia and GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research have been using robotic dolphins that can swim under water over the last two years to study exactly how warm water is reaching the Antarctic region to melt polar ice slabs. “When you have a melting slab of ice, it can either melt from above because the atmosphere is getting warmer or it can melt from below because the ocean is warm”, said Andrew Thompson, assistant professor of environmental science and engineering, who led the study. “All of our evidence points to ocean warming as the most important factor affecting these ice shelves, so we wanted to understand the physics of how the heat gets there.”
Usually, marine biologists have to sail on ships close to the area they want to study and then lower instruments into the water on-site, or use satellites to collect ocean temperature data. Unfortunately these methods were not possible in the Southern Ocean off the coast of the Antarctic Peninsula, where warm water is not near the surface of the sea so t can’t be picked up by satellites, and the area is very hard to reach by ship. This is where the robot dolphins coming supplied by device called seaglider. It is a deep-diving Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) designed for missions last for months and covering many thousand of miles.
In military applications the Seaglider is more commonly referred to as an Unmanned Underwater vehicle (UUV). Seaglider was initially developed by the University of Washington. iRobot received an exclusive five-year license to produce the Seaglider for customers outside the University of Washington in June 2008. Asof May 2013, Kongsberg Underwater Technology, Inc. announced that they have completed negotiations with the University of Washington’s Center for Commercialization to obtain the sole rights to produce, market and contiue the development of Seaglider technology.
Amazon robots get ready for Christmas. Amazon the seattle based online retailer had outfitted several U.S. warehouses with Kiva systems, squat, orange, wheeled robots. These robots move stocked shelves to workers instead of having employees seek items amid long aisles of merchandise. At a 1.2M square foot warehouse in Tracy, California, about 60 miles east of San Francisco, Amazon this summer replaced four floors of fixed shelving with the robots. Now, pickers at the facility stand in one place and wait for robots to bring 4 foot by 6 foot shelving units to them, sparing them what amounted to as much as 20 miles a day of walking through the warehouse. Employees can now at some robot-equipped warehouses pick and scan at least 300 items an hour, compared with 100 under the old system.
Amazon purchases Kiva systems inc. back in 2012 for $775 million. In May, Amazon Chief Executive Jeff Bezos told investors at Amazon’s meeting that he planned to deploy 10,000 Kiva robots by year-end, up from 1,400 at the time. Kiva uses game-changing automation technology for fulfillment centers that helps Amazon simplify operations and reduce costs while increasing strategic flexibility. Using hundred of autonomous mobile robots and sophisticated control software, the Kiva Mobile-robotic fulfillment system enables extremely fast cycle times with reduced labor requirements, from receiving to picking to shipping. The result is in a building that is quick and low-cost to set up, inexpensive to operate and easy to change anywhere in the world. Kiva Systems was founded on a better approach to order fulfillment solutions, a philosophy that simultaneously breaks many existing constraints and takes fulfillment back to its simple basics.
Today, Kiva is widely recognized as the solution for eCommerce each and item picking applications of all types. Kiva believes that product should organize themselves. Current solutions store items which results in wasted time and energy spent, keeping the facility organized with Kiva inventory is free from physical location constraints, locations and positions are virtual and move and adapt the products. The result is that any item can be delivered to any operator at any time. One piece of equipment and one process should handle all products. Kiva believes that one simple process and set of material handling equipment should be used to store, move and sort all items in the warehouse so facility managers can focus on the customer, not the complexity of their equipment.
A material handling solution should scale up or down. Kiva believes that companies should employ the right amount of material handling equipment for the current required through put and scale up as the market grows or flex up during peak seasons. Kiva enables multiple degrees of flexibilty. Orders should be filled when the customers want them. Kiva believes that orders should drop directly from customers through to pack operators resulting in shorter cycle times and same-day fulfillment. Kiva customers view their supply chain as a competitve advantage.
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