It seems like only yesterday that home security systems went wireless and you had the option to peak into your house anytime, anywhere.
Oh, that was yesterday!
For the better part of last year, many security services have been advertising the benefits of connecting your alarm sensors, security cameras, oven, coffeepot and thermostat together in a single hub that you can operate remotely.
These “smarthome” devices, such as Z-wave (one of the initial products that integrates with security company systems), allow you to turn the coffee pot on when you leave work, start the slow cooker at noon while you sit at your desk and encourage you to turn your lights on before you drive into the driveway.
Now, that you’ve become adept at starting opening the door when your family arrives early and you’re at the grocery store or resetting the thermostat to a more people-friendly temperature before you walk through the door exhausted, are you ready for an entire kitchen that operates as its own integrated monitor and computer networking system?
How about a personal security system drone or 3D printed medical implants that dissolve once your body has healed?
Personal Safety Took Top Spot at 2015 CES
But, there is so much more sitting on the edge of horizon that is moving into the marketplace this year. In January, the CES held its international convention in Las Vegas and the variety of personal safety devices that made their appearance was impressive.
First Alert showed up with this home safe that is unlocked using an IOS platform system – your phone, tablet or desktop computer.
This Onelink Wi-Fi Safe requires no numbers to remember, no rusting dials and no longer being locked out by a battery failure. You can monitor the safe as well as control how often it is opened.
When it comes to burglars, the safe sends you a message via your smartphone – an all other emergency numbers you program into it – telling you that it is being kidnapped!
Do you have a senior parent living alone that you worry about? There are several personal safety devices that can be placed in the home to signal you when the temperature in the home is too cold, too hot— or there is a CO2 problem.
The Leeo Smart Alert Nightlight that changes colors when the temperature, humidity or smoke is detected in the area.
Any alarms that may not be heard by a sleeping or drowsy resident, is “heard” by this nightlight and sends a message to emergency contact numbers (including first responders) in a matter of seconds.
For those with seniors and young children in the home, this is one of the best safety alert devices out there since it functions when residents are unable to respond on their own.
Recently, two new cameras became instant hits and were grabbed up by security service providers for their customers. The first is by Netatmo Welcome camera that uses facial recognition software to detect and alert you remotely when “stranger has entered the home”.
The other is Ring’s video Doorbell which sends you a video when someone comes into range of the front door: it can be programmed to detect various distances and alert you by smartphone when you are not at home.
This device allows a parent or disabled person in the home to see who is at the door and either ignore it or open the door for them.
Here Come the Security Drones!
This might be the first time that you have heard the name “Nixie” but it’s not going to be the last. Unlike some wearable gadgets, Nixie has a place in personal safety that no other device can offer.
If you work at night and have to walk across parking lots that are dimly lit or live in an apartment building where you could be attacked at the next corner, Nixie can be real life saver by sending live stream video to any designated smartphone.
Kids from age 6 up or disabled persons who might need assistance or recommendations when they get stuck can use this drone just by turning the arm over and letting it fly off on its own. And, like a boomerang, it will return to you again.
Check out this video to see it in operation and you’ll understand why it was so popular among security service companies this year.
Now, meet Zano, the Nano Drone!
Zano is the perfect size to carry in a backpack when hiking, camping or driving across country. If you get lost or feel endangered, launch Zano to send directions and video images of your location, the people around you and exactly what they are doing.
The video is captured remotely as well as on the accessory device; it can even take a still shot in midair.
Yes, it seems like only yesterday that home security systems went wireless and you had the option to peak into your house anytime, anywhere … because it was.
But, the best of all is the Home Drone – the home security version of the drone that is launching this summer! There are several home security system manufacturers that are competing for the first-to-the-market for these hovering eye-in-the-sky video cameras compatible with and integrated into the most common security alarms.
When the alert signal goes off, these Home Drones unfold and jump into action hovering above your property, sending video feed back to your wireless system. The cameras are sophisticated enough to relay detailed information including vehicle tags, identifying marks and the faces of those inside the car.