We expected a lot from Amazon’s event but no one really anticipated this.
First it was the spherical 4th gen Echo and the Echo dots, now the Ring camera flies!
Yes, you read that right.
Amazon literally launched a home drone to act as a security camera, buzzing around to keep an eye on the place.
The new Ring camera is called the Always Home Cam and has an irresistible pitch: it’s not the fact that it’s a flying camera, it’s the fact that it replaces the need to have a camera in each room.
If you’re not at home, you can send the Always Home Cam to inspect each room or you can set it to fly once one of your Ring alarms detects a disturbance.
After the inspection, the drone will then return to the dock to charge.
You can tell it to go on a certain path or check a certain room but the Always Home Cam is fully autonomous – just check out the video and see for yourself.
When you first bring it home, you let it scan your house and build a map of the locations it will keep under surveillance.
Essentially, the setup is just like when you get a Roomba or another robotic vacuum – not much work after the initial install.
And just like a Roomba, it’s pretty loud.
To address privacy concerns, the flying Ring camera only records footage in-flight and it does so making plenty of noise.
The charging dock physically obscures the camera sensor, so you can relax knowing there’s no way for it to record on the sly.
Right now, we don’t know how much the new Ring cam will go for or when it will land on the shelves.
We do hope for an early 2021 launch, because, home security aside, drones are pretty fun… and this one won’t require you to get a license for it.