A report into the future of home security has made some bonkers leaps of the imagination, suggesting that the Internet of Things might actually find itself useful for once in identifying the criminals of tomorrow, live, as they root through your crappy old games consoles in search of one worth more than £15 at CEX.
The most outlandish bit of thinking is that homes and local police stations may come equipped with security drones, small little units that lock onto thieves -- or dogs it thinks are thieves -- and follows them, pinging police -- or the security firm you pay a monthly fee to -- with the location of the alleged criminal. They could even spray the escaping man with chemical markers -- or custard -- that would make them identifiable the next day.
Futurologist Dr Ian Pearson, who sells his security mind under the brand name Futurizon, is clearly a bit saddened by such things as laws and rules, as he says: "Since machinegun posts are forbidden, smart water pistols could mark any intruders with hard-to-remove chemical markers. Smart polymers could also check physical pressure from someone trying to climb over," adding that "personalised warnings to burglars" identified live via security camera and a national database of known criminals may make them run away empty handed and not even think about doing anything weird to your toothbrush while you're fast asleep.
It has to be said that the report was paid for by burglar alarm firm ADT, which quite likes to spread worry about bad people always wanting to steal your telly. It might not happen. By the year 2025 even the burglars may all be sitting in their homes on VR headsets, carrying out much more glamorous crimes like murder and cocaine deals in the virtual world. [Mirror]