I love drones, and I love the smart home… so I should love security drones... BUT...

Sunflower Labs Beehive drone takes off from Beehive base station on white background animation
Sunflower Labs Beehive security drone takes off from its base station (Image credit: Sunflower Labs)

Sometimes when a technology arrives it is already perfect. There will still be room for development, but on day one the iPhone was a great example of a leap forward. There are other times when things over-reach and being at the beginning of the curve. That, I'd guess, is what a home security autonomous drone is going to be!

Yet Sunflower Labs are making a good deal of noise about their drone-based 'Beehive System', in which an autonomous drone takes off from a special box, follows an aerial survey route – a patrol – before automatically landing in the robotic box. It then closes the lid on the drone and charges. This human-free security patrol is charged at $5 per hour.

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Adam Juniper
Managing Editor

With over 20 years of expertise as a tech journalist, Adam brings a wealth of knowledge across a vast number of product categories, including timelapse cameras, home security cameras, NVR cameras, photography books, webcams, 3D printers and 3D scanners, borescopes, radar detectors… and, above all, drones. 

Adam is our resident expert on all aspects of camera drones and drone photography, from buying guides on the best choices for aerial photographers of all ability levels to the latest rules and regulations on piloting drones. 

He is the author of a number of books including The Complete Guide to Drones, The Smart Smart Home Handbook, 101 Tips for DSLR Video and The Drone Pilot's Handbook