Here’s what smart home security looks like for the super rich

super rich home security residence 950 lombard exterior 2515 1
Residence 950

If you think internet-connected cameras and doorbells seem fancy, just wait until you see what the ultra-rich have equipped their homes with. Forget about your standard smart home security tools, we’re talking personalized bat caves, bulletproof windows and shutters, and even laser curtains. There is no scenario that hasn’t been considered and no expense too high for some, according to Forbes.

The publication highlighted Residence 950, a luxury home in San Francisco that takes security extremely seriously — as it should, seeing as the home is listed for a cool $45 million. That makes it the most expensive property on the market in the Bay Area, which is a region that has no shortage of very expensive homes.

So just how locked down is Residence 950? Start with the garage, which features a cave-style entryway that would make Bruce Wayne blush. The house borrows security elements from major firms like Dell to create a high-level security system that greets anyone who tries to enter. The enterprise-level firewall includes a biometric keypad that only allows in folks who have approved fingerprints.

And it’s not just the outside of the homes that get the high-tech treatment. The rich folk browsing the housing market want to know the insides of their homes are secure as well. Safe rooms for people to retreat to in case of a home invasion are a popular request, as are security camera systems with lots of storage to save footage. Some go as far as installing bulletproof shutters that prevent an attack from a gunman.

That doesn’t even get into some of the real special requests highlighted by Forbes. Among those requests was a desire for counter-flash measures that can prevent photography in case of snoopers or paparazzi. Others have requested trapping mechanisms that lock intruders inside the house so they can’t flee before the authorities arrive.

Security measures go beyond just the fear of standard break-ins, too. Some homes are equipped for action-movie-level attacks. That includes blast-proof floors and walls that would prevent against any sort of explosive. There are even homes with security protections in case of a chemical attack, including a pop-up tent that is designed to provide a safe haven for anyone who may be worried about a chemical-based intrusion.

Emerging Tech

Awesome Tech You Can’t Buy Yet: Write music with your voice, make homemade cheese

Check out our roundup of the best new crowdfunding projects and product announcements that hit the web this week. You may not be able to buy this stuff yet, but it sure is fun to gawk!
Smart Home

Viral porch pirate videos freak people out, cause unrealistic concern

Viral porch pirate videos convince others crime is more prevalent than facts indicate. According to polls, even though FBI reports show property crime rates are at historic lows, more people worry about crime today than ever before.
Product Review

Gate’s Smart Lock is locked and loaded but ultimately lacks important basics

In a world of video cameras and doorbells comes the Gate Smart Lock, a lock with a video camera embedded. It’s a great idea, but lacks some crucial functionality to make it a top-notch product.
Computing

Keep your portable computer safe and shiny with the best laptop bags for 2019

Choosing the right laptop bag is no easy feat -- after all, no one likes to second-guess themselves. Here are some of the best laptop bags on the market, from backpacks to sleeves, so you can get it right the first time around.
Smart Home

Ikea isn’t throwing shade with the delayed release of its smart blinds

Ikea planned to release is Tradfri-compatible smart blinds in April 2019, but the products have been delayed until later in the year for a firmware update that promises better functionality.
Smart Home

Whatever happened to those dumb smart products we wrote about in 2017?

A smart salt dispenser? As manufacturers rush to get the next new smart item out there, we wonder if all these new inventions are really necessary. Here’s a list of 10 of the quirkiest home smart gadgets available, and where they are now.
Smart Home

Lutron’s Fan Control makes ceiling fans smart, but has some turnoffs

Lutron recently came out with a smart switch that controls ceiling fans, the Lutron Caseta Fan Speed Control Switch. How does it stack up? Here's a first-hand review of the Lutron Fan Control switch.
Cars

Amazon and Kia team up to simplify EV home-charging station installs

Kia Motors announced a new program with Amazon for electric vehicles. Customers planning to purchase a new Kia EV or PHEV can check out recommended Level 2 240-volt home charging stations and arrange installation in their homes.
Smart Home

Traeger’s latest wood-pellet grills are smoky, smart, and spacious

Traeger is famous in the world of barbecue and heavy-duty grills for its signature pellet grills and now the company is expanding this year by adding three new brands of redesigned
Smart Home

The five best teeth-whitening kits you can buy on Amazon

Teeth whitening can have a major impact on a person’s smile and overall appearance. You don't necessarily have to go to the dentist to get your teeth whitened though. Here are the best teeth-whitening kits you can buy.
Smart Home

Is your Keurig making gross coffee? Might be time for a cleaning

No one likes a dirty, scaled, or smelly Keurig, but how are you supposed to clean them? Before you throw yours out the window, here is a quick guide on cleaning your machine out thoroughly.
Smart Home

Which is better, the original Echo or the Echo Dot? We compare them

Amazon Echo vs. Dot: Having Alexa answer your questions is nothing short of futuristic, but which device should you get? There are some big differences between the two, especially in size, sound, and cost.
Smart Home

Sony’s Aibo robot dog can now patrol your home for persons of interest

Sony released the all-new Aibo in the U.S. around nine months ago, and since then the robot dog has (hopefully) been melting owners' hearts with its cute looks and clever tricks. Now it has a new one up its sleeve.
Deals

Amazon slashes $77 off the iRobot Roomba 690 multisurface robot vacuum

This special offer comes just in time for you to get a head start on spring cleaning. The Roomba 690 robot vacuum sucks up dust, dirt and pet hair — all while you're away at the office.