Last week, K5, a Washington DC security robot quit its job by drowning itself in a public fountain after just a few days on the job.
The Knightscope K5 robot had been brought in to patrol the area outside the Georgetown Waterfront shopping center and office complex in Washington DC.
It was found face-down in the fountain on Monday afternoon, after apparently tumbling down some steps into the water.
It was one small step for security technology, but one giant leap in the wrong direction for robotkind.
Photos show the sad, waterlogged robot cop partially submerged in defeat. It’s unclear if any foul play was involved or if Steve simply rolled down a dark path on his own.
— Greg Pinelo (@gregpinelo) July 17, 2017
We don’t yet know the full story of what happened. Knightscope K5 just ran itself right into a water fountain inside the office complex. No word on whether it survived its injury or why the incident occurred. Did it hate its job? Did it just overhear some horrifying news?
K5 was equipped with cameras to provide a more physical presence than a regular security camera. He was also designed to move autonomously.
A few posts on Twitter documented the final moments of this K5 robot, as it ended up face down in a watery grave. RIP K5. We barely knew ye. Or maybe it was just being baptized.
wow i can't believe they baptized the robot pic.twitter.com/pqYjRCrzHE
— James Vincent (@jjvincent) July 17, 2017
The K5 robot stands about 5 feet tall and weighs 300lbs . He had a maximum speed of 18 miles per hour. He usually only moved at 1 to 3 miles per hour.
Knightscope claims the security robot is better than a human guard, because it never gets bored of its job.
It is equipped with a range of sensors. K5 has a 360-degree camera, thermal imaging sensors, a laser range finder and radar. All olf which which are supposed to enable it to move around autonomously.
It is designed to prevent crime by detecting abnormal noises and temperature changes, scanning car number plates and checking them against a police database, and using facial recognition technology to spot known criminals.
If it detects any security threats, it can squeak, whistle and make other loud noises intended to scare off criminals, as well as alerting the local authorities.
The K5 is evidently prone to making headlines about things falling over. Earlier this year, a drunk man was arrested for knocking the K5 over. The robot also tripped up a toddler and coldly drove away last summer.
Well his crime fighting days are over. R.I.P. K5!
Our D.C. office building got a security robot. It drowned itself.
We were promised flying cars, instead we got suicidal robots. pic.twitter.com/rGLTAWZMjn
— Bilal Farooqui (@bilalfarooqui) July 17, 2017