First announced at last year’s Amazon hardware event, the Ring Always Home Cam is now ready to take off. Starting today, September 28, you can request an invitation to be a crash test dummy for Ring’s latest innovation. The Always Home Camera is a Ring camera attached to a drone that can travel predetermined paths around your home when triggered through a Ring Alarm sensor or from the Ring app. The camera costs $ 249.99; if you live in the United States, you can request an invitation to purchase it today and the devices will ship later this year.
Designed to solve the problem of wanting to be able to see inside your home when you’re not there, but not wanting dozens of cameras watching you when you’re there, the Always Home camera only records when you’re there. ‘she is in flight. When not in use, it rests in its charging station which blocks its objective. It can fly to specific vantage points on demand – such as the front door or the stove – and can also connect to a Ring Alarm home security system and buzz at any action – like opening a door. door or window when the alarm is armed.
In the year since the product’s announcement, Ring has been working on fine-tuning the ambitious device and essentially making sure it doesn’t go wild in your home. âIt’s no exaggeration to say we’ve made a thousand improvements,â Ring founder Jamie Siminoff said in an interview before the announcement. âWe have learned to fly. While they had working prototypes when they announced in 2020, it’s only now ready for ordinary people’s homes, Siminoff says. But not everyone’s.
Ring is rolling out the invitation-only program as a sort of post-beta test flight. âI have it at home and it works,â Siminoff said. âBut today’s homes are so unique, so we really have to integrate them into the homes of more customers to make sure everything we’re doing is right. After all, it’s an autonomous flying machine in your home. âWith any other product, we probably would have just shipped. With this one, we’re going to take our time, make sure it’s right before we go to full general availability.
The invite-only program, which is a recent trend with Amazon products, is one way to attract the right kind of customer to the product at this point, explains Siminoff. âHe’s a client who wants and wants to work with us,â he said. âThey understand what they’re getting into. We use it as a tool to deliver the best products to customers and be transparent with them. So, does that mean that if it crashes into your big screen TV, you’re just out of luck?
In terms of daily use and features, much of what was announced last year is the same. The Always Home Cam is an indoor camera only attached to a drone with closed propellers. It streams and records 1080p video on the Ring app. It is fully self-contained and can be commanded to fly on demand to pre-defined locations via the app or scheduled to take off when Ring Alarm detects a disturbance.
It only records in flight and the drone makes an audible noise, so it’s clear when the footage is being recorded. It has obstacle avoidance technology, but its wrapped propellers should prevent serious damage in a crash (“But you should keep it clear of your Van Gogh,” Siminoff joked).
The Always Home camera is designed to be used on a single floor, as it cannot navigate the stairs. But Siminoff says multistage support is something the company is exploring. He should also only fly when there is no one home. While the drone has been tested with ceiling and table fans, Siminoff said he might have difficulty if a fan is blowing at full speed. âBut if he feels like he’s doing the wrong thing, he’s just going to land in a safe area and sit there,â he said.
Battery life is short, with flight time limited to around five minutes. âThe idea is that it’s very tactical; you don’t have to go and see that a door is ajar for two hours, âSiminoff said. âIt’s supposed to go out for a few minutes, see what you need to see, then come back. “
A flying camera in your house feels like a sci-fi fantasy / horror story come true. But from a practical and privacy point of view, the concept is solid. You only need one camera to see an entire floor of your home, and there’s no risk that it will accidentally record without your knowing it. Besides, it’s so cool. âThere’s something about watching it fly around your house on your phone; it looks like something from hollywood, but it’s your home, âsaid Siminoff. “For me it was truly a breathtaking experience.”