Knightscope Inc. has introduced a crime-fighting R2D2 look-alike robot with an effective cost of $6.25 per hour.

Silicon Valley startup Knightscope Inc. is developing an “Autonomous Data Machine” with the potential to perform the oftentimes monotonous task of keeping watch over property more cost effectively and comprehensively than a human security guard. The company today revealed it has already started securing beta customers for its first two models, the Knightscope K5 and K10.

The robots, which share a passing resemblance to R2-D2, collect real-time data via a network of sensors. These sensors can include a 360-degree high definition video camera, high quality microphones, thermal imaging sensor, infrared sensor, radar, lidar, ultrasonic speed and distance sensors, air quality sensor, and optical character recognition technology for scanning things like license plates.

Knightscope says the K10 model is intended for vast open areas and on private roads, while the K5 robot is better suited to more space-constrained environments.

K5 vs. R2D2

K5 Closeup

Effective Cost $6.25 per Hour

Bloomberg reports Crime-Fighting Robotic Guard… for $6.25 an Hour

Above video: Knightscope CEO Bill Santana Li discusses the company’s security robots with Emily Chang on Bloomberg Television’s “Bloomberg West.”

K5 ready for prime time yet? Perhaps not, but they do have a dozen beta customers lined up. Regardless, this introduction is an indication of where things are headed.

The most impressive thing to me is the company just started in April. Look at what they have done in a short time. The Knightscope Team Bio is impressive.

Mike “Mish” Shedlock