Ring announces Always Home Cam, an autonomous flying drone for inside your house

Shawn Knight

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Editor's take: My only concern with the aerial camera is how pets might react to it. Is it going to terrify the cat or cause the dog to bark uncontrollably (which I suppose might further deter an intruder)? That, and it also kinda looks odd... more like a set-top box with a remote sticking through it than a drone.

Amazon-owned Ring announced today a number of new security solutions including the Ring Always Home Cam, an autonomous flying drone for inside your house. Ring is billing the indoor drone as a solution to provide greater visibility when nobody is home

Concerned that you may have left the oven on or forgot to lock the door? Simply fly the drone over and get visual confirmation either way.

The drone can also be used as more of a conventional security camera, providing a variety of viewpoints without having to purchase multiple cameras. Owners can set predetermined paths for the drone to patrol and even have it take flight to check for potential disturbances when an alarm sensor is triggered.

Ring is quick to point out that the camera only records when the drone is in flight. When on its dock, the camera is physically blocked, eliminating the potential for any visual invasions of privacy. And of course, when it is in the air, it's not exactly silent.

The Ring Always Home Cam will launch sometime in 2021 priced at $249.99.

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QuantumPhysics

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I don't want ANY cameras or microphones laying around in my house...and I certainly will not change that protocol to come home to the spectacle or flying robots in my house.

The hacking of that little girl's RING camera was more than enough reason to take this attitude.

It's just shocking to me how many of us are literally setting up a self-surveillance system on ourselves.

Orwell would have a cow if he could see this.
 
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Uncle Al

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Oh baby ..... the cats are going to love that new flying toy!!!! Wonder if their "dodge the obstacle" feature can react quickly??? LOL
 
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Rayneofpayne

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Yeah this can't go wrong......
Also I can't wait for someone's dog or cat to think this is a new toy for them to chew on.
 

Farkinell

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“ Concerned that you may have left the oven on or forgot to lock the door? Simply fly the drone over and get visual confirmation either way.”

The kind of person who’d splash out on this silly contraption would probably have a connected home already, which may include knowing if the oven is off and are doors locked.
 

mbrowne5061

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“ Concerned that you may have left the oven on or forgot to lock the door? Simply fly the drone over and get visual confirmation either way.”

The kind of person who’d splash out on this silly contraption would probably have a connected home already, which may include knowing if the oven is off and are doors locked.
And even if they don't have a connected oven: what's your plan then? Your drone just told you your oven is still on - now you need to go home to fix it. Doesn't really help unless you're the type to worry that you forgot to turn it off, while also being the type to always turn off your stove.
 
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My first reaction to the intruder seeing it was - they would smash it with anything they could - $250 down the drain!
 

lazer

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Hmmm, a very interesting innovation. I think there is good potential for the home owner.
 

Mugsy

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The primary benefit of such a system is the ability to check on locations you did not place in view of a camera or the need to buy a dozen (hackable) cameras to cover every corner your house.

"Did I forget to fill the dog's bowl?" or "Did I leave a pot on the stove?"