Amazon’s New Ring Camera Is Actually A Flying Drone – For Inside Your Home

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Ring introduced a new product to its growing line of smart home devices on Thursday: the Ring Always Home Cam. Unlike the other home security cameras from the Amazon company, the Always Home Cam is a flying camera drone that shuts down when not in use. The Ring Always Home Cam will be available in 2021 and will cost $ 250.

Along with this hardware announcement, Ring says you will be able to enable end-to-end encryption in the Ring app control center “later this year” in an effort to improve the security of its devices.


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A little history of Ring

Before Ring became Ring, it was a startup called Bot Home Automation. Bot Home’s inaugural product, the 2014 Doorbot, was among the first video doorbells on the market. It had a lot of issues, however – clunky design, limited functionality, and poor performance. Then Bot Home renamed Ring, was bought by amazon and now sells an increasing variety of smart home security and automation devices and related accessories.

Ring has made headlines for its partnership with the Neighbors Law Enforcement program, which allows Ring customers to share their recorded video clips. Privacy advocates express concern over how Ring and law enforcement agencies collect and use information they congregate. Ring also patents for facial recognition technology this would allow browsing of law enforcement databases.

Safety was also a big topic of conversation, after user data exposed in December 2018. This prompted Ring to require two-factor authentication and add a privacy and security control center in the app where customers can more easily find and change their personal account settings.

Always Home Cam and end-to-end encryption

Ring indicates that the Always Home Cam follows a set path that you designate – it cannot be controlled manually – and you can view the live stream in the Ring app. “The path is entirely determined by the customer… you actually walk the device around your house and… train it on that path and can set different waypoints that the camera should fly to,” the woman told me. President of Ring, Leila Rouhi phone.

It has HD live streaming and a runtime of 5 minutes, and takes around an hour to load. Rouhi said the short execution time was deliberate, to make it a “targeted security camera.”

It can work with the Ring Alarm Security Kit, so that if activity is detected while your security system is in Away Mode, the Always Home Cam is supposed to leave its dock and fly to see what’s going on.

As far as privacy is concerned, the Always Home Cam’s camera is hidden when connected and should only start recording when it leaves the dock and flies around your house. It’s designed to hum so you know when it’s flying and recording. The camera is also equipped with “obstacle avoidance technology”, so it must avoid things in its path. If it detects an obstacle in its normal path, the camera will return to its docking station and send an alert, informing you that it could not complete its passage around your house.

Ring has also added a video encryption page to its Control Center privacy and security landing page. Once end-to-end encryption becomes available later this year, customers should be able to enable the feature for each individual compatible device. Ring will provide a list of compatible devices later this year.

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