We’ve all heard of surveillance drones, but these are usually international espionage issues, not home security. Amazon’s Ring wants to change that: The company today announced the Always Home Cam, a drone that allows you to keep an eye on your home while you are away. It sounds like something out of a futuristic sci-fi movie, but it arrives for $ 250 next year.
The drone can work autonomously, although users can direct it to different rooms and paths. Like vacuum robots, it maps your home so you can tell it where to go without it bumping into too many things (the propellers are also included for protection).
The device allows you to view your entire house without the need for multiple cameras ̵
It films in 1080p and can also be set to activate when Ring detects a disturbance or drives on preset routes. I can see it comes in handy for keeping a closer look at your pets (assuming they’re not freaking out) or for checking that you left the oven on.
However, it is limited to indoor operation, so you cannot keep an eye on a large property, for example.
In case you’re worried about the camera tracking you at home, Amazon finds that the camera’s view is blocked while the device is docked to charge. It was also designed to “hum at a certain volume so it can be seen that the camera is moving,” says Ring.
The company has been criticized for its security practices, which is why the idea of the company making a drone for home use may be a little scary. Even if you can hear the device running, this is a security camera that you especially don’t want to put at risk.
On the other hand, I can’t help but appreciate how futuristic this is. Just add some laser beam sounds and we would be done. I mean if I If I were a burglar, I would be pretty freaked out if a drone chased me when I started my robbery. Just add some laser beam sounds and we would be done.
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Published on September 25, 2020 – 02:59 UTC