The device has raised concerns from privacy organizations and activists who warn it could allow unwanted surveillance.
Ring, the Amazon company behind the device, said it was designed with privacy in mind, resting on a dock that physically blocks the camera unless it’s launched.
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In an illustrative video – not recorded with any of the actual devices – Ring shows the drone itself to be a significant deterrent to an intruder.
“The camera will not start recording until the device leaves the base and starts flying through one of the predefined paths,” the company added.
Officially known as the Always Home Cam, the drone will retail for $ 250 (£ 192) when it goes on sale – initially only in the US.
It cannot be controlled manually and instead will only fly along a predefined path, although Amazon has stated that “obstacle avoidance technology allows it to avoid unexpected objects when moves on the predefined paths ”.
As a small, lightweight drone, with propellers wrapped in a cage, the device is also designed to avoid harming pets or damaging delicate furniture or furnishings.
According to Amazon, “the standalone indoor security camera travels your chosen custom paths so you can easily check in at home for peace of mind – like someone left a window open or forgot to turn off the device. stove”.
It can also be integrated with Ring’s home security system and recognize if an alarm goes off to see what’s going on.
However, it’s unclear what would prevent a burglar from simply dropping the device out of the air.