Literally, the latest home security camera ring has begun to fly. The new Always Home Cam is an autonomous drone that can fly around your house, allowing you to see any room you want when you are not at home. After the flight is complete, the “camera for always home” will return to its base to charge the battery. The price is expected to be US$249.99 when it starts shipping next year.
Jamie Siminoff, the founder and “chief inventor” of Ring, stated that the idea behind “the always-home camera” is to provide multiple viewpoints throughout the family without using multiple cameras. In an interview before announcing the news, he said that the company has focused on the development of the device for the past two years and that the product is “an obvious product that is difficult to manufacture.”
Always Home Cam is completely autonomous, but the owner can tell it where it can go and where it can go. When you first get the device, you build a house map on it so you can take it with you to ask for a specific point of view, such as a kitchen or bedroom. When the linked ringing alert system detects interference, the drone can be ordered to fly on demand, or it can be programmed to fly.
The charging dock will block the camera’s view, and the camera will only record while flying. Ring said that the drone makes a sound when flying, so it’s obvious when recording footage.
This is a running (unfortunately silent) promotional video of the “Camera for Always Home”. Video provided by Ring
Ring said the camera can be used for simple things, such as checking whether a stove is left or a window is open, or whether the door is locked when you are out. It has obstacle avoidance technology that can avoid objects in its path, and its covered propeller can prevent property damage or injury to pets or people who may collide with the drone.
It’s easy to say that this is Ring’s most ambitious product to date, and it will be very interesting to see if it really works as promised. However, we must wait until next year to find the answer.