Amazon Ring Introduces In Home Drone For Security.

You might be aware of the home security system that Amazon sells called “Ring.” The system allows you to install cameras, doorbells, etc., all of which can be viewed and controlled from your cell phone / tablet / computer.

We are not huge fans of the system as it is known to have data tie-ins with local police where the data from your cameras is uploaded to Amazon servers in the cloud, and be accessed by police. While there may be benefits to the police getting access to security cameras, there is a difference between getting access via permission from the homeowner and having access without the homeowner’s input.

Ring has allegedly stopped allowing police unfettered access to the camera data, but people are skeptical. Amazon did not develop the technology for police access only to say “sorry….our bad.”

Yet privacy concerns are not the point of this post.

At an invitation only event, Amazon introduced a new component to the Ring system that includes a flying, self autonomous drone for inside your home.

The head of the Ring team at Amazon writes:

Something I frequently hear from customers is “I have a few Indoor Cams from Ring, but sometimes I would leave the house and couldn’t remember if I’d left a window open and wished I had a camera there.” Instead of simply encouraging customers to buy more cameras and set them up in more locations around the home, how could we solve this problem with one solution? We wanted to create one camera that could give users the flexibility of every viewpoint they want around the home, while delivering on our founding principles of privacy and security.

That’s why I’m excited to announce the Ring Always Home Cam, a new way to look after the home and provide multiple viewpoints with one device. This autonomous indoor security camera flies your chosen, personalized paths so that you can easily check in on your home for peace of mind—like whether someone left a window open or forgot to turn the stove off.

The Ring Always Home Cam also easily integrates with Ring Alarm—our home security system—charting a new path forward not just for how people use security cameras, but also for the benefits of a home alarm system. When Ring Alarm is triggered while in Away Mode, the Always Home Cam will automatically fly a set path to see what’s happening. You can easily stream video while the camera is in-flight via the Ring App, making sure that you’re in the know when it comes to everything happening at home.

Instead of relying on more cameras and the positioning of those cameras, the “Ring Always Home” device will will fly to the source of the break-in. Automatically. On its own.

The device is set to be released next year and cost about $250.

It’s amazing technology when you think about it and it is that technology that we wanted to make this post about.

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