Startup Sunflower Labs' Autonomous Drone Security System

By: Dan Gelinas, Published on Dec 11, 2018

Startup Sunflower Labs is claiming a unique design on a home security system, combining autonomous drones and 'Sunflower' sensors. Imagine an intruder tries to break into your home and your automated security drone suddenly appears above them and starts following them and scares them away. That is Sunflower's aim. They are planning a mid- to late- 2019 rollout specifically targeting high-end residential.

Based on our interview with one of the company's co-founders we examine:

  • Company background
  • Ramping up to full production
  • How it works
  • Roll out strategy
  • Pricing
  • Market strategy
  • Potential for 3rd party video monitoring
  • Potential roadblocks to adoption

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How ** *****

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*** ***** ***** *********** how *** ****** *****:

Roll *** ********

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Market ********

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***********, ******** **** **** since ******* *** ********** at *** ******** ******** Expo ** *** ****, they **** *** **** interested ******* ******* ***** becoming ********* ** ******* and *** ** *** system.

**’** ******** ********** **** now. **’** *** ** many ** ***** ********** dealers **** ******* *** show. ****’* **** ** formalized *** *** **** by *** **** ******** and ******* ** **** out *** *** ******* in ********* *****.

******** ********* ***** **** be * ************* ******* by ***** *** ********** dealers *** **** *********** in ** ****.

Potential *** *** ***** ***** **********

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*******, ******** **** *** company—via *** ********** ** Stanley **** ******* ******** provided *******—*** ******* ****** out * **** **** Stanley's ********** ****** ******** to ******* *** ***** feed *** ********* *** wanted **** ***** ********** of *** ***'* ******.

Potential ********** ** ********

***** *** * *** potential ********** ** ******** that ** *** ***:

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********* ** ****

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*******

********* **** ** *** been ******-******* *** *** in ******* ******* ********** like ********** ***** **** and **** *** **** they ******** ********* *** weather:

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********, ******** **** *** system *** * *-****** status ***** **** ******** the ***'* ******* ** fly. ******-******** ******* ******* the ******* *** **** battery ******.

***** *** **** ** go, ****** *** ******* advised, *** *** ******* the *** ***'* ***.

***** ***** *** *** Hive *** *** ********* in *** ****, ******** laughed:

*** *********** ****** ** in ******, ***********. ** know ***** ****. **'** considered ****. *** **** is ******** ****** *** to *** ********* ****** inside *** *** **** is *******. ** *****'* had *** ******** **** snow ******** ** ***.

*******, ******** **** **** if *** **** ** the **** **** *** get *** ******* ***** with **** *** *** Hive **** *** *** able ** ****, *** system ***** **** ** alert ** *** *****'* app ** **** ***** clear *** ****.

******* ******

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******* ********

******** ****** **** *** Bee *** ******** **** protective ** ******* **** standard ***** ************:

**’** ******** **** ******* conscious **** **** ******** security *******. ****'** ******* on *** ******* ** your **** ****** ******* where **** ******* ********* and *********. **** *** the ********* *** **** inward.

Ramping ** ** **** **********

******** **** **** ******** they **** ************ **** of ***** ******'* ********** during *********** **-*****, **** are ****** * ******** company **** *** **** forced ** *********** ********* to *** *** *****. Pictured ***** ** * pre-production **-******* **** ******* of *** *******'* ********** drone, *** ***:

********* ** ** ***** with *** ***** ************ to **** **** *** help **** **** ** to ******, ******** *********:

** *** ****** * software *******. **’** ** the *********** ********* **** we **** ** ***** our *** ********. *****’* nothing ** *** ****** that ***** *** **** today. *********, *** *** prototypes *** **** ** ourselves, *** ** *** in ********** **** ******* manufacturing ********.

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Comments (17)

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**** ***** **** ******* off *** ********* *******?

**** ******, * *** see * ********** ****** for **** **** ** system.

* ***** **** **** Alex ** ********* ****. The ********* ** ******** with *** ******* **** can ** ********. **** is **** ** **** when * ***** *** if ***** **** ********** that ***** ** *** to ****** *** ********:

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*** **** *** ****** what ** ** ******* to *** *** *****.

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** ******* ** *** regulations ** ****? *** the *** ******* ********* line ** ***** *********, night **** *******, *** lightened *** *********** ****** commercial ***?

***** *********** #*. * asked Alex ***** *** *********** and **** ** **** he ****:

 

********* *** *********** **** limit **** ** *** do, ********** **** ****** to ***** [****** ****** Line ** *****]. *** now ** **** ** apply *** *******, *** FAA ***** ** ** very ********* ** ***** that, ********** ***** *** drone ** **** *****, flies ********** ***, *** geo-fences ** **** **** property. 

 
***** *** **** **-**** exemptions **** ** *** apply ***. *** ******* is ****: 
 
 
** *** **** ** will ****** ***** *** one ** *****, ** we ****** (*** ** have ******* ** ******* this ** ** *** works) *** *********** ** change ** ***** ********** for ****** ** *** class.

******. ****** ****** **-*******-*** to **.

*******: *** **** ****** parts, *** *********. ****.

****’* **** **** *** a ***** ****?

* **** ** ****** scrambled ************ ** *** first **** ** *******.

* **** ********** ***** tours.

* **** ****************.

*'* ********** ********** ** testing ****. ** ******* has ** *** ********* to ******* ****** *** test *** ****.

****, *** ******* **** this, *** *** ******.  The ****** ** ***** conditioned ** ****** ******, and **** *** ****** around *** ***** ** inevitable. ********** *** ******* considering *** "***** **********" issue ** ***** ********** planning ********.

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******* ** *** ******** dealers **** ** **** of *** ******* ******* to ** ****.

******: ****** ************ **** from *** *******:

****** **** ** ********** user, ****** ********** **** clearly ******** **** *** either *** ** *** US, ** ***** *** system ** ********* ** FAA ***********.

* ***** **** ***** that *** ****** *** given ** **** *** promotional ********, *** *** paid ***. **** ***** to ** * ***** in *** ********** ******* climate ***** **** **** using **** ***** ******** drone ******** * ******** of *** ****.

*** ***** ***** *** drone **** **** * tech *** *** ******* people ** ******* ** their *******, *** * practical ******** ******.

*** ** ** ***** Proof?

****** ******* ** **** Down ******

...********* ***** *** **** to ***** * ***** doing **** *********** ***** the ******** **** **** share. *******, ******** **** that *** ******** ***** him ** ** ***** let **** **** ****** the **** ******* ** he ***** *** *** kids *** **** ***** all *****.

********* ***-******! ***** ** used ** “******” ****** any *******:

*******

“********, ** ********’* **** is * *************; *** they **** ******* *** hives **********, **...”

*******, **** ********* ********* like ****, ****** ****** only:

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