What happens if your security camera is not attached to a wall but is free to move around your house and check from room to room while you are away from home? Does it sound wonderful, scary or something in between? However you feel about it, Amazon’s premise, a security camera that is – get this – also a drone that flies around the inside of your house and shoots video that it can then stream or upload to the cloud.
You read that right. Amazon announced its new flying security camera next doorand a , but this out-of-the-box approach to home security is what generates buzz from both smart home fans and privacy advocates.
Wi-Fi security cameras are nothing new, but like last yearand ( and ) Ring Always Home Cam will combine well-known technology with a new feature with wildcards – in this case an indoor drone. It may sound nice, but comes from a company that just this year met public outcry for its policy of sharing users’ doorbell camera footage with the police, Ring Always Home Cam raises more than a few privacy issues, not least how Amazon plans to protect people’s personal information. Here’s what we know so far.
Why did the Amazon ring build an indoor drone?
Ring would prefer that you think of Always Home Cam as more like an “appropriate security camera” (in marketing parlance) that happens to be mounted on a drone, rather than as a drone with a security camera.
The idea is to capture surveillance footage of your entire house with just a security camera as pilots through your rooms. Also for the price (continue reading for more information) you can just as easily buy about 12.
How does Always Home Cam work?
You program a flight path by literally carrying the Ring Always Home Cam through your house, rather than controlling it with a remote control.
Once it has learned the route, the camera can fly for up to 5 minutes before it has to be charged, which takes about an hour in the included dock. You can watch either a live stream of the Always Home Cam rounds in the Ring app or a recording saved in the Ring Cloud, which requires either a $ 3 per month subscription to cover a Ring device or $ 10 per month for each Ring device you own.
The unit operates with a ring alarm safety kit and should respond to unexpected activity while the system is set to “off” mode by leaving the dock to fly around and see what happens. Amazon says that on-board “technology to avoid obstacles” prevents it from flying into unexpected objects, such as your cat. Instead, the drone will return to the jetty and notify the owner that it has encountered a problem.
How about security and privacy?
Always Home Cam’s physical camera is covered when the device is docked, so it cannot record or stream video while charging. It only patrols when it feels like you’ve gone. It only flies along a predetermined path and cannot be steered manually.
It should only start recording when it starts flying around your home, Amazon said. If it flies while someone is at home, Amazon says the engine is designed to hum loud enough so that everyone in the same room will hear the drone pass by. In its launch presentation, Amazon referred to this as “privacy you can hear.”
When Always Home Cam is sold (more below), Ring expects to have end-to-end encryption available for the security drone. End-to-end encryption is also expected to roll out to Ring’s other security cameras later this year, adding a layer of protection designed to deter hacking and security flaws.
This means, at least in theory, that you and only you will be able to access your data stored on Ring’s servers, including video recordings.
Call Always Home Cam price and sale date
Amazon says that the Ring Always Home Cam will be available “2021” and costs $ 250. It’s the same price as Ring’s motion-activated headlight camera and only $ 50 more than the Ring spotlight camera, both of which are stationary.
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