Amazon’s love affair with drones was apparently passed on to the security company Ring. During today’s Amazon event, Ring announced the new Always Home Cam, an autonomous indoor drone that flies around your home and gives you a live mobile feed of your home if an intruder or emergency is detected.
The drone sells for $ 249 (roughly £ 200, AU $ 350, although we don’t have international pricing or availability yet) and will launch sometime in 2021. It cannot be flown manually. However, you can create preset surveillance paths from one room to the next so that you can choose which rooms in your home to guard.
The drone reportedly has five minutes of battery life and is said to only run for a minute (average) before returning to its hub to recharge. However, during the frequent flights, you will get 1
If you want to see the drone in action, check out the (rather silly) ring video ad below. As an aside, it gives you a glimpse into how the drone is behaving and the clarity of the camera’s video feed while in flight.
Once docked, the drone’s camera retraction will be blocked and the drone will make an audible sound during flight to warn you. That way, you never have to worry about drone recording unless you are aware of it.
The Always Home Cam also has obstacle avoidance technology that prevents it from bumping into anything (or anyone). If so, the drone is said to be only 5 x 7 x 7 inches and has grilles to block the propellers so it is unlikely to cause any major damage.
When the drone detects motion, or when any of your other ring alarm sensors or cameras sound an alarm, the drone will fly on a pre-set path to search for the cause of the malfunction near the alarm.
A replacement for a surveillance camera?
Indoor surveillance cameras from most companies, including Ring, have 1080p resolution and a field of view (FOV) in the range of 100 ° to 145 °. Some even pan and tilt. But none of them can stand up and fly around to find a burglar.
To fully protect a home, you need multiple security cameras for each room. This might make the Always Home Cam tempting as it can guard multiple rooms at the same time.
However, the fact that it only flies up to five minutes at a time and spends most of its time docked shows that it is not replace A home security system that offers motion detection around the clock. It’s much more likely multiply Check all blind spots and help check rooms in which you do not want permanent camera feed.