Ring security devices have taken to the air with The Ring Always Home Cam, a drone that will patrol inside your house by lifting up and flying around on its own. Amazon announced the $249 device in a blog post on Thursday.
“Introducing Ring Always Home Cam, a small, autonomous indoor camera that will automatically fly to predetermined areas of the home, giving you multiple viewpoints with just one camera.” according to Amazon.
“Built with privacy in mind, it only records when in flight; when it’s not in use it sits in a doc and the camera is physically blocked. And, it’s loud enough so you hear when it’s in motion”.
Ring made you your very own security drone. The Ring Always Home Cam, which is roughly five inches high, can patrol from room to room and keep watch over your stuff.
Ring said in a statement that the drone will only fly the routes given to it during setup, and cannot be manually controlled.
“Obstacle avoidance technology allows it to avoid unexpected objects as it moves on the pre-set paths, and its small size, lightweight design, and shrouded propellers enable it to move safely throughout the home,” Ring stated.
Ring founder Jamie Siminoff said, “the inspiration for the product was to create a single camera that could give users the flexibility of every viewpoint they want around the home while delivering on our founding principles of privacy and security.”
Ever get a Ring Alarm alert and want to immediately see what's happening? The Ring Always Home Cam is here to help. This compact, lightweight, autonomously flying indoor camera gives even greater visibility when you’re not home. Learn more: https://t.co/A62pZUuYDa [US Only] pic.twitter.com/13cXKtEeSs
— Ring (@ring) September 24, 2020
The Always Home Cam integrates with the wider Ring ecosystem and will fly a patrol whenever its sensors are triggered in Away mode.
You can watch it patrol on a live feed via the Ring app. The drone will cost $250 when it goes on sale in 2021.
Despite the assurances of privacy and security, not all appear comfortable with the idea.
Tech reviewer Walt Mossberg said in a tweet, “In a country with no laws regulating digital privacy, anyone who buys this from a company with a history of privacy problems is insane.”
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