' Dalek-style robot security guard patrols in Silicon Valley, equipped with crime prevention gadgets
The K5 androids may not be armed like RoboCop, but have a host of data gathering tools to alert the human police force to any wrongdoing.
The rise of the robot security guard has begun.
Crime-fighting robots which can spot suspicious behavior and alert handlers at a control center are reportedly about to be deployed across Silicon Valley.
The imposing 300-pound RoboCop-style machines, which stand at 5-feet tall, look like they're straight out of a sci-fi movie, according to KPIX 5.
But they are unarmed.
A handful of the K5 androids are currently being trialed by California creator Knightscope in its San Francisco Bay Area HQ of Mountain View.
Its inventors hope that one day the Dalek-like bots will eventually patrol malls, offices, college campuses and even local neighborhoods.
The robots come equipped with a host of futuristic gadgets.
They have microphones, heat detectors, speakers, laser scanners, GPS, odor detectors and air pollution monitors — and can read up to 300 car number plates per minute.
A button is located on the top of its "head" which can be pressed down by anyone who needs help.
And they are designed to be "autonomous" — meaning they operate alone. They don't chase suspects down and try to "avoid confrontations" in general.
Knightscope co-founder Stacy Stephens said if someone steps in front of one of the robots, it will stop and move around them — while recording and transmitting footage to its control center.
If the wannabe crook continues, "the robot is looking at the video, listening for glass breakage, any loud sound that breaking in would cause," he told KPIX 5.
"We'll get the license plate, picture of the vehicle, geotag location, and time," he added.
The company has so far built seven robots. Four of them will be deployed by the end of the year, reports KPIX 5.
They are currently being tested in an undisclosed area of the San Francisco Bay Area.
"Unfortunately, I cannot share who it is. Soon you will see them everywhere," Stephens added.'