The Seven Tech-Savviest Ways to Protect Your Home

Surveillance drone included!

By Kirk Miller

The Seven Tech-Savviest Ways to Protect Your Home
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25 July 2016

Look, the world may or may not be going to hell.

But the one place you should always feel safe — and in control — is your home.

To help, we present a collection of seven cool new gadgets that’ll give you peace of mind.

Nest Cam Outdoor
Rain or shine, the handsome, compact camera records a 130-degree field view in 1080p — and even has eight infrared LEDs for night vision. Using it along with the Nest Aware subscription app, you’ll be notified of intruders and possible danger on your smartphone, no matter where you are. And the built-in speakers and mic let you can communicate with whoever is at the door  — say, a delivery man or pesky Pokémaster — whether you're at home, the office or on the go.

Zore X
While the debate on guns continues, we can all agree on one thing: we don’t want weapons falling into the wrong hands (intruders, children, etc.). Zore X is a cartridge that connects to your semi-automatic and unlocks through either a manual dial or a paired smartphone app, which also notifies you if any moves or tampers with your gun.

Camio
Your old tablets and smartphones now have a use beyond clutter. For free, Camio turns your unused devices into a DIY security system — the paid Plus and Pro plans allow for saved video histories, analytics and integration with dedicated surveillance cameras).

Cardinal Robotics Surveillance Drone
This security copter comes loaded with a 14-megapixel camera that weighs under two pounds and can film 1080p video smoothly on three-axis technology. It also sports an infrared camera and onboard infrared LED lights that allow it to film at night. All you have to do is connect to your smartphone, turn the drone on and leave your house. From there, you can take a couple remote laps whenever you feel like it to make sure all is quiet on the homefront.

August
With the company’s Smart Lock, you can lock and unlock your door from your phone — and monitor comings and goings. And with August’s new Doorbell Cam, you can also view (and talk to) anyone who stops by. The video’s only one way, for privacy.

BeOn Home
A series of “smart” light bulbs that can be programmed to turn on/off or react to sounds (like doorbells). Also offers up to five hours of lighting during power failures or fire alarms.

Inky
Hey, cyber threats are dangerous, too. Inky is a brand new service that allows you to send and receive encrypted messages using your regular email system (Gmail, Outlook, etc.).

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