Among the new products presented at CES2020 (find all the news here) there is also this home security system which includes drones to patrol your property.
Sunflower Labs, a company founded in 2016, with offices in San Francisco and Zurich, debuts at CES2020 with the new Sunflower Home Awareness System and the Bee “watchman” drone. Its motion and vibration sensors, which are called precisely Sunflowers, they look like simple garden lights. Behind their friendly aspect there are many virtues, including the main one: create a real-time scanned map of your garden.
Doctor Bee & Mister Hive: the guardian drone and its smart hive
Bee, "the bee", it is a completely autonomous guard drone: it flies and reposition itself, with its on-board cameras that transmit in live streaming. Hive, "the hive", the charging station for Bee, also houses the data center that collects and processes the data collected by the sensors and the drone.
Airborne robots keeping an eye on your property may seem a little dystopian to you (ok, even more). In some ways also useless, when you could equip your property with multiple fixed cameras and sensors. Easier and cheaper, aren't they?
Sunflower Labs is obviously of a different opinion. The company is convinced that its security system is an evolution of traditional systems. And it's not entirely wrong: the security ecosystem learns and reacts to the surrounding environment, improving over time.
Bee is also designed to integrate more traditional passive monitoring and can be deployed on demand to provide more detailed information and live views of any unwanted activity detected on a property.
In the end it's a bit like having someone always ready to take a look after that strange night noise,
but without taking risks. Even if one day I expect (unfortunately) to find some armed drone too, like this one that for now uses the nail gun for roof repairs.
The price? A theft (joke, but it's pricey)
The system is not cheap, also because of what it promises to do: starts from around 9000 euros and can vary according to the needs of a customer.