8 of the Most Entertaining Home Security Systems from Movies

A need to protect our home is very normal and justified. Whether with installing a security system, alarms, additional locks, etc, it is something we do not take lightly.

In movies, on the other hand, things tend to go a little bit differently. 

Without a doubt, those movies play on that notion of needing to protect ourselves, our family, and our homes. 

Some of them do it in a comical, over-exaggerated way, some of them might toy with our fears and paranoia.

They might not always be completely realistic, but some of these security systems will entertain you and some of them just might make you think.

Panic Room

Home invasion is always a terrifying thought, so it is not surprising that it is a theme of so many movies.

A panic room seems like a reasonable (although probably an expensive) idea in order to keep everyone in your house safe right?

But it seems that even with a panic room, things can go very wrong.

For most of us, building a panic room might seem like an extreme measure, although no one would probably mind actually having one.

The Purge

It is a classic intrusion movie (or franchise to be exact). Here, the notion of a secure home is taken to the point of pure survival since the movie introduces us to the world in which all the crimes are legal for 12 hours. 

So what happens when we face some of our worst fears? How do we defend ourselves?

Seems like with all the existing security systems that one could possibly obtain, it comes down to pure and primal survival instinct.

The Italian Job

Is there a more effective way of demonstrating the power (and flaws) of different security systems than a heist movie? Probably not.

We are talking about houses with a guard tower, professionally guarded by heavily armed men and attack dogs, safes, reinforced gates, online security systems, armored trucks, the whole deal.

But it seems like there is no security system that can’t be taken down if you are motivated enough (greed and revenge turned out to be quite the motivators in this case).

Bad Boys II

If you think about Tapia’s house, it seems like again we are talking about a strong defense system in a form of a tower and hired protection. 

With a guard tower and an army of people carrying all sorts of automated weapons, this place seems like an unapproachable fortress. 

In the end, though, detectives Burnett and Lowrey and a crew of highly trained SWAT members, CIA operatives, and DEA agents manage to completely destroy Tapia’s compound.

So, even an extremely guarded building like Tapia’s house wasn’t a match for the good guys. 

What kind of a movie would it be otherwise? Would a real-life situation be played out differently?

We will leave that up to you.

All of the Batman Movies

With all the motion sensors, silent alarms, cameras, reinforced doors, and hidden passages and entrances (we all remember the one inside of a metal sarcophagus), the bat-cave is designed as a secret lair.

If you watched all of The Batman movies you might come to a similar conclusion – It does seem that considering everything that is at stake, Bruce Wayne (oops we revealed his identity) should have an even tighter security system in place.

In any case, surely most of us still thought about how great it would be to have a bat-cave within a huge mansion. 

Well, until that day comes, maybe we could start by looking up some actual home security systems reviews.

Iron Man

We talked about DC, now let’s talk about Marvel (DC vs Marvel seems to be a constant debate so how can we mention one without mention the other).

What better way to protect your house than to be a tech genius/superhero Tony Stark. This billionaire, playboy, philanthropist was the largest weapons maker until he used that technology in order to build his first Iron Man suit. 

Not a lot of people would dare to invade Iron Man’s place, especially knowing he has The Avengers on speed dial.

Yet in the third part of the franchise, with all the high-tech weaponry, and numerous Iron Man suits, Tony does fail to prevent his home from being blown up by a missile. 

So maybe it is not quite the ultimate security system. 

The Incredibles

There are not many security systems that are better than an omnidroid. It thinks for itself and is capable of withstanding almost everything. It is equipped with all sorts of powers than can serve for both defense and offense.

Although it seems you need to have quite villainous intentions in order to see an omnidroid as your go-to security system.

This kind of security system might not be quite possible in the real life, but it is surely entertaining on the screen.

Home Alone

Finally, let us not forget about the probably most iconic home security system in movie history. 

It is of course the ingenuity of Kevin McCallister in one of our favorite childhood Christmas movies, Home alone.

With his wits and his sense of mischief, Kevin menages to outsmart two burglars (Harry and Marv) and protect his family home. 

Seeing him make his elaborate plan of defense with toys and numerous household objects turning them into booby traps, entertained us all.

It is a kids movie that we all like to rewatch every now and then (especially around Christmas season). 

In Conclusion

As you can see, all these security systems are not exactly applicable in the real world but they are absolutely fun to think about.

Whether they scare us, entertain us, or take us down the memory lane, you can always watch the same movies from a different perspective, having a particular aspect in mind.

Maybe it is time to watch (or rather rewatch) some of these movies.

LEGO Systems Blends Physical and Digital Play with New LEGO® FUSION


-New Play Experience Moves Children Seamlessly Back and Forth Between Physical and Virtual LEGO® Worlds Via Hands-On Brick Building and App Gaming to Delight LEGO Builders and Casual Gamers Alike-

NEW YORK (June 19, 2014) – LEGO Systems, Inc., makers of the world’s leading construction toys, today introduced LEGO® FUSION, a play experience that combines traditional LEGO brick play with familiar app-based game themes. LEGO FUSION leverages new technologies—and children’s fascination with them—to create an entirely new way to engage in LEGO brick building and app game play for children ages 7 and up. Available later this summer, the LEGO FUSION collection will include four distinct titles: LEGO FUSION Town Master, LEGO FUSION Battle Towers, LEGO FUSION Create & Race and LEGO FUSION Resort Designer.

Each LEGO FUSION experience consists of a distinct set of LEGO bricks, a corresponding free downloadable app and the new FUSION capture plate, a small brick building plate with a printed design that enables a smart phone or tablet’s camera to identify the size and colors of the LEGO bricks built onto it. In response to game prompts, children build vertically in 2-D on the FUSION capture plate, enabling the app to ‘see,’ import and transform the creation into 3-D in the digital world.

“Children have always imagined their LEGO creations as immersive worlds which come to life for hours of role-play and adventure,” said Ditte Bruun Pedersen, senior design manager, LEGO Future Lab. “Recently, smart phones and tablets have become a popular platform for empowering game mechanisms that kids love. LEGO FUSION brings these two favorite play patterns together in an experience where real-life LEGO builds come to life in a virtual game, inspiring creativity, strategy, and the pride of creation.”

To Win, Step Away from the Screen
Once a child’s creation has been imported into the game, a series of challenges and interactions requires that players turn away from the device and return to the real world to use their LEGO bricks to build new solutions in order to move game play forward. Each game encourages this back-and-forth between physical and virtual, keeping children engaged in both worlds.
“In our research, we heard repeatedly from parents that they are constantly battling ‘zombie gaze,’ the experience when their children are immersed in their device screens for large blocks of time,” said Pedersen. “We developed LEGO FUSION with this challenge in mind, creating a play experience that keeps children entertained with the kind of app gameplay they love while giving real reasons to return to the brick pile to creatively build.”

Each LEGO FUSION product offers a distinct play experience. The four products launching this year are:

LEGO FUSION Town Master
In this simulation game, players create and rule their own LEGO town, first by building it with LEGO bricks, then by capturing it and importing it to the game. Children build everything from houses to a pizzeria, fire station and bike shop while completing errands and missions like catching robbers, fighting fires and skateboarding. To keep the minifigure citizens happy, players solve problems through physical building and earn points to gain access to more structures, and even run additional towns.

LEGO FUSION Battle Towers
Players build a tower and defend it against attack so they can rule the kingdom. First, players design the Battle Towers with real LEGO pieces, then capture them and import them to the game. Next, players choose tower defenders like wizards and archers and battle against evil warriors, skeleton armies, and more. If a tower is damaged in battle, players can repair the damage with a timed build with the game’s real LEGO bricks.

LEGO FUSION Create & Race
In this racing game, players get behind the wheel and virtually drive the cars that they create with real LEGO bricks. Once a custom vehicle is digitally designed, physically built, and imported to the game, it can be optimized for success in racing, demolition or stunts. Players learn that every brick shape and color on the vehicle matters for performance. Three themed courses offer endless challenges unlocked by physical LEGO builds, and children can even ghost race against friends to top the leaderboard.

LEGO FUSION Resort Designer
Players help the LEGO Friends design new vacation houses, shops and activities for Ambersands Beach. After building 2-D facades, capturing them and importing them to the game, players can design the interiors of 3-D digital structures, such as an aquarium, surf shop and beach houses. Children can unlock new levels and build more resorts by completing missions like rescuing dolphins, riding horses, surfing and other resort activities.

Beginning in September, LEGO FUSION will incorporate the ability for players to access their digital LEGO creations and game play anywhere. Using their LEGO ID, players can sign in on any compatible device and access their gallery and game play from within the LEGO FUSION app.
The LEGO FUSION app uses the Qualcomm® Vuforia™ mobile vision platform, enabling the games to ‘see’ the LEGO bricks and making possible the transition from physical to digital. Developed by TT Games, makers of the best-selling LEGO video game franchise, the LEGO FUSION Town Master, Battle Towers, Create & Race, and Resort Designer app games are free for download from the Apple, Google or Samsung App Store for Apple iOS and Android.

LEGO FUSION Town Master, LEGO FUSION Battle Towers, and LEGO FUSION Create & Race will launch in August 2014; LEGO FUSION Resort Designer will launch in September 2014. Each will be available for $34.99 in LEGO Stores and Toys”R”Us stores in the U.S., as well as online at shop.LEGO.com and at toysrus.com.

About LEGO Systems, Inc.
LEGO Systems, Inc. is the North American division of The LEGO Group, a privately-held, family-owned company based in Billund, Denmark, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of creatively educational play materials for children. The company is committed to the development of children’s creative and imaginative abilities, and its employees are guided by the motto adopted in the 1930s by founder Ole Kirk Christiansen: “Only the best is good enough.” Visit the virtual LEGO world at www.LEGO.com

LEGO, the LEGO logo, the Minifigure and brick and knob configuration are trademarks of The LEGO Group. ©2014 The LEGO Group. ]

About the Qualcomm® Vuforia™ Platform
Vuforia is a mobile vision platform that enables apps to see and connect the physical world with digital experiences that demand attention, drive engagement, and deliver value. Vuforia is supported by a global ecosystem of more than 100,000 registered developers in 130 countries and has powered more than 10,000 apps for iOS and Android devices. Additional information is available at www.vuforia.com.

Qualcomm Vuforia is a product of Qualcomm Connected Experiences, Inc., a subsidiary of Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. Qualcomm and Vuforia are trademarks of Qualcomm Incorporated, registered in the United States and other countries, used with permission.

 

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