Hack The Robot

There are at least two Knightscope robots wandering the convention center. There's a red one down by reg, and a white one on the second floor. If you've not seen one I encourage you to check it out. If you've not seen one, think Daalek with no arms (the arms would help, they should have a selfie stick, people are getting their pictures taken with the thing...)

Some questions (for medicinal purposes only, of course...)

  • Is the motion sensing really that bad? There's a news story one of these things ran over a toddler in a mall in California. I found it to not react very fast if you walked around it in a circle at a normal speed. Of course, it's got cameras, for all I know there's a command center full of geeks laughing at us tourists poking at the robot.
  • Is that red circle near the top a button? Is that "emergency stop" or something? No I didn't try touching it.
  • Anyone got one of these deployed? I first met one in an integrator's parking lot, I hear they are deployed. I also hear it's remote video back to them, not at all connected to the local VMS. Wouldn't you want this thing somehow connected to your local systems?
  • What would happen if I turned on my android phone flashlight and stuck it in one of the camera "eyes"? What if a gang of kids all turned on their phone flashlights? Would that blind the thing? How about a laser?
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