The drone technology is one that has swept the military world by a surprise. Their growths have been exponential and are now being used to access areas that tend to be risky or difficulty. Troops are now able to get 24-hour eye in the sky. With ability to stay aloft for up to 17 hours, the drones can loiter any given area, sending real-time imagery of what’s going on beneath.
President Barack Obama has confirmed the US is using unmanned aircraft to target suspected militants in tribal areas of Pakistan. In defending the drone attacks, he said that they are more precise.
These drones have not been introduced in the Obama era. They began during the reign of President George W Bush but they have escalated under America’s first black president.
Not just in the military
The usage of the drones has grown to such a level that they are now being used in the homes. Families are finding ways to use these new devices for entertainment. But leisure is not the only usage as they can now be used to keep your house safe, especially now that a new startup is attempting to turn them into your guardian angels.
Sunflower Labs — with headquarters in Silicon Valley and Zurich, Switzerland — announced a new security system on Thursday that detects possible threats and investigates them with a drone.
What the drone does is to stream real-time videos to your smartphone after which you can decide whether your house is safe or not.
As at the moment, Sunflower Labs is accepting participant applications and will begin the beta tests in the second half of 2017. The startup considers that this will pose a competition to the traditional alarms.
How does it work?
According to information provided on their site,
The Sunflower Home Awareness System™ combines outdoor sensors with an aerial camera for a complete view of what’s going on around your home. Sunflower Smart Lights™ learn your property’s routines, deterring unwanted visitors with light and sound. When there’s unusual activity, the Smart Lights work with the Sunflower Flying Camera™ to identify what’s happening.
If it happens that someone is lingering outside the backdoor, you will receive a push notification to your smartphone and will be asked if you want to investigate.
By clicking yes, the drone lifts from its perch and makes rounds to where the suspicious person is.
What will be the price?
Sunflower Labs are yet to specify the drone’s price but the lights will go for $159 each. As at the moment, the drone is rentable free of charge.