Chicago | November 11, 2014 9:00 am

Like a Defense Robot for Your Home

Scout: A smart, handsome solution for home security

By The Editors

Because very few of us can afford to outwit burglars by employing Macaulay Culkin (even at this point in his career), there’s this:

Chicago’s Scout, the super-intelligent, mobile-first safeguard system for your pad, now available for order.

You remember the Nest Thermostat? This is basically the security version.

Designed and crafted by a couple of hometown upstarts, Scout is a series of security devices that can be controlled and monitored from your smartphone.

A central base station connects everything via wi-fi (and a 3G cellular backup), and from there, you choose from a whole suite of safety measures: Door panels. Window access and motion sensors. HD video cameras.

From our testing, setting up the hardware is a breeze.

Our favorite feature: the ability to customize the responses to incursions. E.g., sending a custom text or sounding a siren.

Scout also allows you to purchase 24/7 professional monitoring service for extra security.

So, you know, you get liberty along with your security.

Well deserved, sir.