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Fearful of the drone-filled skies? Get some protection

No, not a shotgun, but a 'Personal Drone Detection System'

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Those fearful of a future where the skies are darkened by swarms of camera-bearing drones peering over their garden fences and peeking through their bedroom windows should proceed directly to Kickstarter and the "Personal Drone Detection System".

Rattling the tin in defence of personal privacy is Domestic Drone Countermeasures, which kicks off its pitch with the chilling:

On May 8, 2014 a drone shooting high definition video crashed into a high rise building in downtown St. Louis. Who was flying it and why they were shooting video so close to the building is still unknown.

Could this drone be flying around your building and invading your privacy in the near future?

The answer is yes, and so you'd better arm yourself against the Rise of the Drones™ with a "first line of defense" against airborne incursion.

The Drone Detection System

The Personal Drone Detection System features "a Primary Command and Control Module and two Detection Sensor Nodes", which together "create a mesh grid network that can triangulate moving transmitters". Detection is apparently within 50ft of any node.

The blurb continues:

The Primary Command and Control Module offers a simplified user interface via WiFi, such as through your tablet, smartphone or PC.

If a signal is not purposely ignored by you, then the system assumes that the rogue transmitter is hostile and alerts you to its presence within the mesh grid. It sounds an alarm (which can be disabled) or sends a message to your tablet or smartphone. This allows the system to notify you, even if you are not home.

It adds:

The module and nodes utilize a mesh grid network that only communicates within itself, but the Primary Command and Control Module can communicate with your personal WiFi network as an isolated device. Neither the module nor nodes extend your personal WiFi network so your personal WiFi network is not susceptible to outside hacking or infiltration through the mesh grid.

Should you need extended protection, you can simply add nodes and Bob's your uncle - you're covered.

Yes, we know what you're thinking, and in response to the FAQ "Isn't this just fear-mongering?", Domestic Drone Countermeasures bluntly says: "We are just reporting what other people are saying in the news. If you don't like what we're doing, please don't buy a system. But don't deny that opportunity to someone else."

Fair enough. The Kickstarter campaign had this morning raised $1,375 of the $8,500 target, with 21 days left to run. For $499, you can become an "alpha tester" with the 1st generation three-box system, while $699 will get you a tested 2nd generation package. ®

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