Japanese security firm Secom has developed a fully automated drone it intends to use as part of its personal home surveillance packages. The quadrocopter-style machine requires no human input to operate, and would spring to life as soon as it detects a home invasion, flying to the scene to record video. It is also capable of assessing break-ins based on visual cues, and deciding whether or not to engage its automatic police-calling function. “The flying robot could take off if our online security systems detect any unauthorised entry,” said Secom spokesperson Asuka Saitotold. “It would enable us to quickly check out what’s actually happening on the spot.”

Secom’s security drones are equipped with cameras, but not weaponry–though it’s not hard to imagine enterprising hackers rigging them up. Watch a demo video of the robot here.

(Photo: Secom)