Silly Home Security
Ask anybody who's made money robbing houses, and they'll tell you straight up: you can get away with a lot of loot in the 10 minutes before the cops come.
But the crooks won't find their way out of the foyer if you hit 'em with the FogSHIELD -- an add-on to your home security system that releases a blinding blanket of fog to stop thieves in their tracks. When an intruder triggers the alarm, water mixes in the FogSHIELD's glycol canister to generate enough dry, non-toxic fog to cover 2,000 square feet in less than 15 seconds. It dissipates 45 minutes later, leaving your furniture unsullied and your electronics intact.
The website appears not to be a joke.
EDITED TO ADD (6/23): In the comments, a lot of people have taken me to task for calling this security silly. I stand by my statement: not because it's not effective, but because it's not a good trade-off. I can certainly imagine scenarios where filling your house with vision-impairing fog is just the thing to foil a would-be burglar, but it seems awfully specific a countermeasure to me.
Home security -- like all security, really -- is a combination of protection, detection, and response. Locks and bars are the protection system, and the alarm is the detection/response system. Fogshield is a protection system: after the locks and bars have failed, Fogshield 1) makes it harder for the burglar to navagate around the house, and 2) potentially delays him until the response system (police or whomever) arrives.
But it has problems as a protection system. For one, false alarms are way worse than before. It's one thing to have a loud bell annoy the neighbors until you turn it off, it's another to fill your house with fog in less than 15 seconds (plus the cost to replace the canister).
This whole thing feels real "movie-plot threat" to me: great special effect in a movie, but not really a good security trade-off for home use. An alarm system is going to make an average burglar go to the house next door instead, and a dedicated burglar isn't going to be deterred by this.
Posted on June 21, 2007 at 6:55 AM • 115 Comments