A robot security guard has “committed suicide” by drowning itself a public fountain after just a few days on the job. The Knightscope K5 robot1, which bears a striking resemblance to a Dalek, had been brought in to patrol the area outside the Georgetown Waterfront shopping centre 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.
The K5 robot stands about 5 feet tall, weighs 300lbs (over 21 stone), and has a maximum speed of 18 miles per hour – although it usually moves 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 – including a 360-degree camera, thermal imaging sensors, a laser range finder and radar – which are supposed to enable it to move around autonomously.
(Image: Knightscope, Inc./Youtube)
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. In a statement to the Washington Post2, Knightscope described the fountain incident was “an isolated event”, and promised to deliver a new robot this week for free.
Of course, that hasn’t stopped scores of observers sharing pictures of the drowned robot on social media, and casting their own aspersions about why it decided to end its life. This is not the first controversy involving the Knightscope K5 robot.
Earlier this year, police in California arrested a man after he drunkenly attacked one of the robots3 and knocked it over outside Knightscope’s own headquarters in Silicon Valley. The assailant, 41-year-old engineer Jason Sylvain, said that he wanted to “test” the security robot .
He was arrested for prowling and public intoxication.
He went on the run for three days before he was captured in Texas on Friday with guns and more than $47,000 in cash. Causey appeared to have coordinated the breakout using the smuggled mobile phone and then used the tools to cut through fences, state Department of Corrections Director Bryan Stirling said. The inmate, who is serving a life sentence for kidnapping, armed robbery and other charges, also left a makeshift dummy in his bed to deceive prison guards in the Alcatraz-style escape bid.
Jimmy Causey escaped and went on the run for three days (Image: Williamson County (Texas) Jail/PA)
“We believe that a drone was used to fly in the tools that allowed him to escape,” Stirling said at a news conference.
Texas Rangers captured the inmate at an Austin, Texas, motel early on Friday. He had a handgun, a shotgun, ammunition, four cell phones and more than $47,000 in cash, state Law Enforcement Division Chief Mark Keel said. It was Causey’s second prison escape .
In 2005, he and a fellow inmate escaped from another prison and were captured days later, Columbia television station WIS reported. Deliveries of contraband to prisons by drones have become increasingly common as the unmanned aircraft grow more popular.
Authorities believe a drone was used to deliver tools to help the inmate escape (Image: Getty)
A Maryland inmate was convicted in 2016 of trying to smuggle drugs into a prison using an unmanned aircraft. In 2015, a drone dropped illicit drugs and tobacco into an Ohio prison’s exercise yard, sparking a fight.
In Britain, police recovered two drones carrying cell phones and drugs near a London prison last year and have set up a special unit – Operation Airborne – to catch offenders trying to fly contraband into jail.
Stirling said he and prison officials from around the United States have repeatedly asked federal authorities to allow state agencies to block cell phone transmissions from prisons.
Rapper TI and wife Tiny guarded by assault rifle-wielding security at Detroit nightclub.. .
amid claims he paid Blac …
Rapper T.I . and his wife Tiny were guarded by assault rifle-wielding, bulletproof vest-wearing security at a club appearance in Detroit on July 4. According to TMZ3, Michigan is an open carry state so there was no problem with the security team flashing their heavy duty artillery in public. The couple were in town for singer Tameka ‘Tiny’ Harris’s performance as part of group Xscape’s reunion concert – which came shortly before claims that the pair indulged in a threesome with Blac Chyna.
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Security detail: A guard carrying an assault rifle guarded rapper T.I . and wife, singer Tony, at a Detroit nightclub on July 4
The shocking photos show the couple surrounded by guards clad all in black as they fulfilled at a promotional appearance at Touch Lounge The shocking photos show the couple surrounded by guards clad all in black as they fulfilled at a promotional appearance at Touch Lounge. T.I. – real name Clifford Harris – and the couple’s three children joined Tiny for the event.
The pair, who have a combined seven children between them, star on VH1’s reality show T.I. & Tiny: The Family Hustle. Locked and loaded: According to TMZ , that first ran the pictures, Michigan is an open carry state so there was no problem with security flashing their heavy duty artillery in public
Big night: The couple were in town for singer Tameka ‘Tiny’ Harris’s performance as part of group Xscape’s reunion concert
Back together: T.I . surprised his wife by showing up in Detroit as the couple seek to fix their marriage after separating
Protected: Tiny was photographed chatting with a fan as a camo and ammo vest-wearing burly guard stood close by The pics of T.I . and Tiny hanging with their entourage at the Detroit club were taken before Rob Kardashian claimed on social media that his baby mama Blac Chyna had engaged in a threesome with the couple. The only son of Kris Jenner alleged the rapper paid his former stripper ex to have sex with him and Tiny as he ranted on social media about Chyna cheating on him with other men. Kardashian told T.I .
on Twitter: ‘Chyna told me everything about your threesomes with you and her and Tiny . U got no moves bro ;;; Correction ::: TI paid Chyna to have sex with Tiny and him.’ T.I .
and Tiny have not responded publicly to respond to the reality star’s claims.
Gossip fodder: The photos were taken before Rob Kardahsian claimed on social media that his baby mama Blac Chyna had engaged in a threesome with the couple Wife and mother: Xscape singer Tony shares three children with T.I, whom she wed in 2010
Caught up in social media scandal: Kris Jenner’s only son claimed in a Twitter rant that T.I . had paid former stripper Chyna to have sex with himself and his wife
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