We’ve all been in a major rush at some point, flying out of the house with only the bare necessities for the workday because we slept through three waves of alarms. While driving to work, and beginning to regain our senses thanks to a cup of coffee, we begin to wonder about everything we forgot to do at home before departing. Are the living room windows open? Did I lock the door? Did I forget to turn off the thermostat?
While a smart home ecosystem can provide a lot of intel for you to manage your home while you’re on the go, sometimes what we need the most is an extension of our own two eyes. Security cameras go a long way in solving this problem, but no matter the degree of panning and tilting that your home surveillance gear can muster, a camera is a stationary product, relegated to only one room in your home unless you move it to another. If only there were a way to get eyes on the whole home without investing in a full-fledged security system.
Thanks to Ring, now there is. We caught our first glance of the Ring Always Home Cam last year, but there’s a chance we will find out much more about the product at Amazon’s upcoming event next week — maybe even a release date Here’s everything we know about it so far.
First revealed in fall 2020, the Ring Always Home Cam is a drone camera that you can program to follow preset flight paths throughout your home. You’ll get the most out of it when pairing it with a Ring Alarm subscription, although you can still watch via live view without a subscription.
The Always Home Cam’s design is similar to that of leading quadcopter drones. The rotors of the Always Home Cam are encased in a protective basket, with the drone’s 1080p camera and battery housed below it. Worried about the Always Home smashing into your treasured heirlooms? Not to fear, for the Always Home is loaded with object-avoidance sensors that will ensure the drone remains away from walls, furniture, and other decor. Since it’s meant to follow preset flight paths, you won’t have to worry much about it veering off course.
While in flight, you can stream live video using the Ring app to follow along with your Always Home. When the Always Home finishes perambulating, it will automatically return to its charging base.
When we think of Ring, one topic of concern that may come to mind is end-to-end privacy. While the company has experienced a few security setbacks over the last couple of years, Ring seems to be going above and beyond to ensure the Always Home takes care of all your home security needs while protecting the at-home privacy of you and yours.
Again, we have to reiterate that the Ring Always Home Cam will only fly along predesignated routes that you build for it during the initial device setup. When docked, the camera is physically blocked by the body of the charging base, so there’s no chance of catching a glimpse of your room when the drone isn’t flying. When the Always Home is airborne, the rotors are designed to give off an audible hum, letting everyone in the house know that the drone is up and about and the camera is recording.
The Ring Always Home Camera is loaded with different sensors that allow it to navigate your home with ease. Avoidance sensors protect your shelves and knick-knacks from being knocked to the floor, while the built-in security camera gives you a great look around your home. As mentioned, the Ring Always Home Cam traverses predesignated routes. You set up these routes according to the layout of your home.
Many of the other details related to the Always Home Camera’s capabilities have been kept under wraps. There are several features we hope the camera has that haven’t specifically been listed, though, one of which is night vision. Almost every camera includes night vision, and it makes sense that the Ring Always Home Camera would include night vision, but Ring has not confirmed this yet.
Onboard storage would also be a great addition. The Ring Always Home Camera works on a charge, which means it can still fly even in power outages. If its route is predetermined and stored in its local memory, it can navigate throughout the home without Wi-Fi. Installing an SD card would allow it to record footage that can be reviewed later, even if the Wi-Fi is down while it’s patrolling.
Another possible feature is the ability to map out a room. The algorithms behind its navigation haven’t been revealed, but if it flies through the home using VSlam or lidar technology (similar to how robot vacuums work), then it might also be able to map out the spaces it navigates through.
The unfortunate truth about most web-connected devices is that if they’re online, there’s some percentage of a chance that a talented hacker can work their way into your hardware. But the Always Home has a few foundational design elements that will make it somewhat resistant any hacking attempts.
As mentioned above, when not in flight, the camera is physically blocked by the body of the charging base. Unlike a traditional home security camera that provides stationary views of the room it’s placed in, the Always Home doesn’t see a thing unless it’s airborne.
While Ring has yet to provide any details on the Always Home’s recording encryption, we assume the company will be implementing a number of advanced protocols to guard your user data. You can also check out this more detailed breakdown of Ring’s encryption practices.
As of right now, there is no official release date for the Always Home Cam, but some sources are pointing toward a late 2021 release. For up-to-date information, you can sign up for email alerts through Ring’s site so you’ll be notified when the Always Home launches.
The Ring Always Home Cam is currently priced at $250.
Author: Michael Bizzaco
Source: Michael Bizzaco.” Ring Always Home Cam: Everything you need to know about the flying indoor camera”. Retrieved From https://www.digitaltrends.com/home/ring-always-home-cam-news-leaks-specs-price-release/
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