Knightscope recently announced it is developing technology to predict and prevent crime utilizing autonomous robots and predictive analytics. Crime has a $1 trillion negative economic impact on the US each year, and it is Knightscope’s mission to cut that in half with its new K5 Autonomous Data Machine.
Knightscope’s K5 is built on the Segway RMP220, a powerful and highly maneuverable two-wheeled dynamically stable platform, which allows for obstacle avoidance, path planning and human-robot interaction. The RMP220 can travel up to 10 mph, is industrial grade, has a zero turning radius and offers a human-height point of view to provide a commanding physical presence and to fully leverage the K5’s extensive sensor payload.
Each K5 features an integrated operating system that guides the unit autonomously through defined boundaries enabling it to collect real-time data from the unit’s immediate surroundings.
The K5 accommodates a wide range of sensor options including nighttime and daytime omnidirectional cameras, ambient noise microphones, optical character recognition, thermal imaging, air quality, ultrasonic, lasers and more. Data collected through these sensors is processed through Knightscope’s predictive analytics engine, combined with existing business, government and social data sets, and subsequently assigned a threat level that determines when an alert should be pushed.
“Knightscope chose Segway’s RMP220 as the base for its crime fighting robots to enable easy scaling of our K5 Autonomous Data Machines as well as to support our fast go-to-market strategy,” said Arne Stoschek, Vice President of Engineering, Knightscope. “Additional factors in our decision to implement the RMP220 included its outstanding maneuverability, extended battery life and long-term durability.”
Knightscope will revolutionize safety by crowd sourcing security. By making data streams public upon any alert and allowing the community to engage and contribute in the process, Knightscope maintains transparency and strengthens the ability to reduce crime.
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The article “U.S. Army foresees robots becoming squad members – Autonomous, bomb-sensing vehicles and personal robotic assistants could transform teams of soldiers” written by Sharon Gaudin appeared in Computerworld’s July 25, 2013 issue. To follow is an excerpt.
"We’re looking at the vehicle being able to decide when to assume responsibility," said Greg Hudas, the Army’s chief engineer for ground vehicle robots. "We’re looking into the problem of the machine understanding the consciousness of humans. Are they drowsy or are they so intent on another task that if they take control of the vehicle, will it be dangerous? The interaction needs to be tightly coupled between the human and the machine."
To get some of the "smarts" into the robots, the Army is working with 5D Robotics Inc., a robotics software company, which in turn is working with DRS Technologies and Segway Inc. 5D said it is trying to integrate human behaviors into robots, such as robotic assistants that carry soldier’s packs or small wheeled robots the size of a big shoe box that can carry cameras into dangerous areas.
Jackie Fenn, an analyst with Gartner Inc. said, "I do like that notion of the robotic assistant. What work you can offload to robots is a very promising angle. But trust is critical. You really get that by having it work. When humans see that there are things they wouldn’t be able to do without a robot, that’s when the real change in thinking happens. If you can send a robot in to check out a building and keep a soldier back and safe, then that really adds value."
A recent collaboration between Rapid Equipping Force and the Maneuver Support Center of Excellence brought together solutions from Segway Robotics, DRS Technologies and 5D Robotics to perform a comprehensive ‘lighten a soldier’s load’ evaluation at Fort Leonard Wood in Missouri. The robot’s mission was to follow and keep up with a squad while transporting a heavy payload and navigating a lengthy distance of varied terrain.
The assessment tested the Segway® RMP (Robotics Mobility Platform) 440 LE’s ability to carry 200 pounds of critical equipment including soldiers’ packs, sandbags, food and water and the ability of 5D Robotics’ Behavior Engine™ software to direct the platform.
Segway’s RMP440 LE
Segway’s RMP440 LE is a rugged, all-terrain, four-wheel drive mobility platform. Its design empowers developers to easily integrate their own equipment on top of the platform and build a customized application to meet specific needs. Click here to download a spec sheet.
5D’s Behavior Engine or “Follow Me” Technology
5D’s “follow me” technology acknowledges that like humans, robots need assistance to find their way. Once a human empowers a robot, they are capable of executing a multitude of tasks reliably and effectively.
5D’s solution emphasizes rapid, reactive, biologically inspired behavioral responses as opposed to the GPS, mapping, planning and continuous communication relied on by competitive solutions. It uses an innovative intelligent tag approach to guide interaction between robots and humans as well as between robots and other vehicles or objects.
5D’s Safety Commitment
1. Robot motion should be fast, responsive and graceful
2. Robot motion should be predictable and reliable to engender trust
3. Robots should never touch the human body unless explicitly told to do so
The Segway RMP440 LE was fully loaded with equipment and included a generator that could be used to charge soldiers’ equipment. Over the course of 9 hours, the robot successfully followed the squad as well as traversed 16 miles of varied terrain without additional fuel or battery power. In fact, the robot maintained 33% of its generator fuel and 50% of its battery life.
Soldier evaluations noted that the robot kept up with the patrol throughout the mission, was easy to understand and natural to use. Soldiers also valued the robot’s ability to carry a considerable amount of heavy gear.
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Please click here to download a PDF of the article Keep on Running – 5D Robotics Tests Endurance Through Human-Robot Interaction Military Tests from 5D Robotics’ website.
DRS Technologies’ Adaptive Mission Payload (AMP) kit and systems integration with the Segway RMP440 LE was originally tested at Fort Benning during the JIEDDO’s Endurance Challenge in June 2012. Click here to view the blog post Adaptive Mission Payload Solution Wins Second Pace in JIDDEO’s Endurance Challenge.
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HERB, the Home Exploring Robot Butler created by Carnegie Mellon University’s Robotics Institute, is the star of the latest video in Oreo’s ongoing “Cookie vs. Creme” campaign. HERB was built by integrating a Segway RMP 200 with additional robotic functions.
HERB is the research platform of the Personal Robotics Lab and is a testbed for algorithms, software and other technology that will enable robots to perform challenging manipulation tasks where people live and work.
These videos are behind-the-scenes looks at HERB and his creators, associate professor Siddhartha Srinivasa, Ph.D. student Jennifer King and project scientist Pras Velagapudi. Click here to read Carnegie Mellon University’s blog post and learn more.
The Company has grown, changed and is poised for continued global expansion
In December, 2001 the Segway® Personal Transporter (PT), the world’s first and only electric, two-wheeled, self-balancing transportation device was unveiled on Good Morning America. In 2002, the PT became available to customers and a remarkable, new transportation alternative was born.
Since that time, Segway has earned a global presence, is well-known as the world’s leading provider of personal, green transportation alternatives and robotics mobility platforms and will be celebrating its 10 year milestone anniversary throughout 2012! The Company’s flagship product, the PT, continues to be the heart of the business and development of a new model is well underway. However, Segway has also expanded its business further into international, robotics, public safety and tourism markets.
In the last several years, Segway’s global presence has grown substantially and its expansion continues.
▪ Europe, Middle East and Africa
These three markets are currently home to a strong and growing network of 49 distributors. The region employs a strategy of marketing the PT as a tool to support businesses, public safety and tourism markets. Nearly 95% of sales are attributed to business-to-business relationships. The region is also fully supported by a service center in Munich, Germany.
▪ Asia Pacific
Segway has aggressively tackled this market by revamping its Asia Pacific territory and adding new distributors. In 2010, Segway opened a service center in Singapore to support the growing region. The approach to developing the Company’s presence in APAC is hands-on and significant growth is expected in 2012.
Robotic Mobility Platform (RMP)
Segway is one of the world’s leading developers of electric propulsion platforms for ground robotics applications. The comprehensive RMP product line includes both two and four wheeled platforms available in a variety of configurations. Each uses advanced PT-based technology and boasts quiet, clean and efficient operation with unmatched versatility, durability and performance.
Segway RMPs are used by academia, research laboratories and robotics integrators across the globe. Segway’s robust electric propulsion system coupled with a flexible user interface results in an open architecture transportation platform for sensors, manipulators and other payloads which suit the needs of a growing number of robotics programs and products.
Chris Crimmins, Applications Sales Engineer, said “The distinct competitive advantage of Segway’s robotic mobility platforms is that we design and produce a wide range of open architecture platforms with a level of flexibility that many other manufacturers simply can not offer.”
Segway PT Tours
The concept of touring on a Segway PT is not new. However, adding the tourism market to the Company’s business model is. In 2010, Segway launched a new division dedicated to developing Company run tours. Today, nearly a dozen tours are operating throughout the U.S. and Canada and that number is expected to grow. The distinct competitive advantages of Segway Inc. tours:
▪ As the product’s manufacturer, our staff has the expertise to assure a comprehensive product orientation.
▪ They offer the very best tour content because the team works with historical associations and like organizations to develop interesting and informative subject matter.
▪ As safety is a top priority, Segway implements strict guidelines to ensure a smooth glide and a safe experience. Comprehensive riding instruction is provided and helmets are required.
▪ Segway Tour locations have access to the very latest product information and training techniques.
▪ They offer a small guide-to-glider ratio and provide more personal attention.
“We are excited to be in the tour business and offer people a fun way to experience our product while taking in the sights,” said Monique Apter, Vice President of Sales – Americas. “We plan to continue to expand this year to several select areas in the U.S. and Canada.”
The Segway Patroller
Officers working in all areas of public safety have an immense amount of responsibility. To be as effective as possible, they require enhanced visibility and mobility – enter the Segway Patroller. Segway PTs have been deployed in more than 1,200 police departments and public safety organizations across the globe.
In 2011, Segway launched its ‘Patrolling Across America’ program. The 9-month mobile campaign logged 36,000 miles and visited more than 120 police departments in 39 states. Officers were trained, provided PTs to evaluate and educated on multiple procurement programs.
“Taking a hands-on approach with public safety agencies, offering them the opportunity to learn more about the product, train with it and evaluate it in their own environment was invaluable,” said Jamie Marsh, National Accounts Manager. “We expect demand for the Patroller to continue to grow both domestically and internationally.”
SEGWAY IN 2012 AND BEYOND
“It’s exciting to be celebrating the growth and success of Segway at the 10 year mark. We’ve experienced many challenges over the years. However, we’ve remained focused on moving forward, being innovative, advancing technology, developing products, expanding our target markets and earning a global presence,” said Wayne Mitchell, CEO. “This year, we’ll reflect on all that has been achieved in a decade knowing we are poised for continued expansion in 2012 and beyond.”
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