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PARENTS UPSET AFTER STANFORD SHOPPING CENTER SECURITY ROBOT INJURES CHILD

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Monday, July 11, 2016 11:56PM

PALO ALTO, Calif. (KGO) --

The parents of a young boy who got knocked down and run over by a security robot at Stanford Shopping Center want to get the word out to prevent others from getting hurt.

They said the machine is dangerous and fear another child will get hurt.

Stanford Shopping Center's security robot stands 5' tall and weighs 300 pounds.

It amuses shoppers of all ages, but last Thursday, 16-month-old Harwin Cheng had a frightening collision with the robot. "The robot hit my son's head and he fell down facing down on the floor and the robot did not stop and it kept moving forward," Harwin's mom Tiffany Teng said.

Harwin's parents say the robot ran over his right foot, causing it to swell, but luckily the child didn't suffer any broken bones.

Harwin also got a scrape on his leg from the incident. "He was crying like crazy and he never cries. He seldom cries," Teng said.

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http://abc7news.com/news/parents-upset-after-stanford-mall-robot-injures-child/1423093/

That thing is heavy.  And brainless. 

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Mall powers down security robots after one bumps into toddler

A mall in Silicon Valley this week suspended its security robots after a collision involving one of them resulted in a toddler getting a bruised leg — a reversal from children harassing robots at the mall.

The accident could reignite fears about evil robots that many robot makers have tried to overcome with cute designs.

The robot company, Knightscope Inc., designed its 300-pound K5 machine to protect against malicious humans. Children usually present the greatest risk to robots’ ability to get their jobs done, previous incidents showed.

Knightscope called the incident a “freakish accident” and issued a formal apology to the family.

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http://www.marketwatch.com/story/mall-powers-down-security-robots-after-one-bumps-into-toddler-2016-07-13

If they used security guards they wouldn't have to worry about their 300 lb robot running over children. 

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