Cobalt is an indoor security guard robot that can recognize faces, check badges, and use an array of sensors to identify potential security or environmental threats. It navigates both autonomously and under supervision of a human operator.
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Swiss designer Yves Béhar dreamed up Cobalt's look to align with office décor instead of the typical metallic appearance of robots.
Cobalt Robotics, a startup based in Palo Alto, Calif., was founded by Erik Schluntz, a former engineer at SpaceX, and Travis Deyle, a former roboticist at the Georgia Tech's Healthcare Robotics Lab and Google X. In 2017, Cobalt announced an autonomous mobile robot designed for indoor security applications that can "work alongside human guards to provide better security than people can do alone." Cobalt's robot is able to navigate around premapped areas in buildings, recognize people and read badges, and features a wide range of sensors, including day-night cameras, lidar, microphone array, RFID, and smoke and CO2 detectors.