Tucked away high in the residential hills of suburban San Carlos, California, is a three-bedroom home with its own autonomous aerial security system. The house is no different than any other residence on the quiet street full of well-manicured lawns and spacious views of the Pulgas Ridge Preserve. But it just happens to be the personal home of former Evernote executive and Sunflower Labs CEO Alex Pachikov. He’s turned the house into a prototype home for the Sunflower system, which uses a series of motion and vibration sensors in conjunction with an autonomous drone to monitor all activity, down to measuring the footsteps on the grass outside his front door. “We have a core belief that a lot of value is hidden not just in the vision spectrum, but the motion and vibration spectrum,” Pachikov tells me before using a Siri integration on his iPhone to launch the drone from his backyard with a voice command. Part of the Sunflower system involves the Sunflowers, the small, roughly 1.5-meter bulbs filled with sensors that are disguised as garden lights. “The sensors can detect people, pets, and cars. Vibration sensors detect footsteps, car engines… even if you’re running a coffee maker.” The Sunflowers are placed around the home to help create a map and triangulate people and other objects within the space. But the real draw of the Sunflower system is the drone that flies itself. The drone is called the Bee, and its base station is called the Hive. The whole… [Read full story]
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