Eye in the Sky

Fighter jets can scramble into position when a potential threat is detected. That same notion is put into practice for home security using a simple, three-tiered system developed by San Francisco-based Sunflower Labs. First, Sunflowers (small, decorative light posts) contain sensors and are arranged discreetly around a homeowner’s property, monitoring for unusual activity and illuminating when a threat is detected. Next, the Hive (a waterproof, self-charging base about the size of a small doghouse) deploys the Bee (an autonomous drone guided by the Sunflower sensors) to surveil the situation and send live video to your smartphone via a smartphone application accessible from down the street or across the globe. The system now is available for pre-order online with a $999 refundable deposit. sunflower-labs.com


Live Like Batman

Creative Home Engineering in Gilbert, Arizona, can help you thwart intruders and live like James Bond or Bruce Wayne. The company’s decoy entries allow you to slip into the safety of secure bunkers, vaults, and panic rooms. That marble fireplace trimmed in cherrywood? It rotates to serve as a passageway to a hidden room. That stained wood cabinet housing your finest wine? It doubles as a steel-reinforced door leading to a vault filled with your most precious valuables. Prices vary from $8,500 for a simple bookcase door to more than $12,000 for a decoy fireplace. hiddenpassageway.com


AI See You

Counting Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos among its investors, Deep Sentinel’s Smart Home Surveillance System uses next-generation smart cameras, motion sensors, and a staffed surveillance center to interpret suspicious behaviors in real-time and, if necessary, contact local law enforcement within 30 seconds. What’s more, the Pleasanton, California-based company uses Artificial Intelligence technology and algorithm-monitoring to distinguish between benign interlopers, such as squirrels or dogs in your yard, and real threats, such as human burglars and intruders. The cost is $499 for three cameras, and $49.99 per month to subscribe to the service. deepsentinel.com