The newest addition to everyone's backyard apocalypse bunker should be the anti-drone box soon to be available from Oregon-based Domestic Drone Countermeasures, LLC.
The company was founded in late February by engineers who recognized the proliferation of unmanned aerial vehicles would be unwelcome by many Americans. DDC formed as a spin-off of Aplus Mobile, which sells rugged computer processors to defense contractors. "I was personally concerned and I think there's a lot of other people worried about this," says Timothy Faucett, a lead engineer on the project.
DDC's system has software that's apparently programmed to conspire against camera- and infrared-equipped drones. The company's description of the technology is vague as its still applying for key patents, and DDC spokesperson Amy Ciesielka told Popular Science only that "we simply do not allow the [drone] cameras to observe with any clarity."
The Federal Aviation Authority expects that by 2020, American skies will have up to 30,000 drones operating domestically, so the demand for DDC's product probably exists. The company will sell land-based boxes that promise to be "non-offensive, non-combative and not destructive."