Ring, the company well known for its smart doorbells, recently announced a whole bunch of new products, including a flying security camera, a car alarm, a car camera and even a mailbox sensor. Let’s break down the different products.
Ring Always Home Camera
The Ring Always Home Camera is a new camera, with a new perspective on cameras. Literally. All it is is a Ring Camera attached to a drone, which cannot be manually flown. Instead, you can set surveillance paths that the camera will follow when it’s triggered. The drone only has a battery life of around 5 minutes, but it’s only made for making 1-minute journeys, from the base station, to the detected area and back again. You can watch it as it flies, and get live footage from the Ring app, in crisp 1080p.
Naturally, it’s not silent, and this is a ‘privacy feature’ . Apparently, you’ll be able to hear it when it’s flying so you know when it’s watching. But can it replace traditional wall-mounted security cameras? I don’t think so. It can only fly for 5 minutes, and by the time it reaches the affected zone, the culprit – whether that’s a cat or a burglar – may have time to escape before the camera arrives – with the sound alerting them before you can see them! Sure, it’ll definitely improve any home security system, but it’s in no way ready to replace security cameras.
Ring Car Alarm
Ring also announced the Ring Car Alarm. The new Car Alarm plugs into the OBD port in your car – which is now in most modern cars. It can alert you of bumps, tows, break-ins and more, and because it’s a Ring device, it can connect to your other devices too! The price is $59.99, with no set release date or international pricing.
Ring Car Cam
Ring also announced their Car Cam, which is essentially a smart dashcam. You can watch your car from the app, and it will alert you when the Camera detects anything suspicious.
The Ring Car Cam can also help keep drivers safe with Emergency Crash Assist, which can call first responders if there is a serious crash detected, and it can even record you when you’re being pulled over. All you need to say is ‘Alexa, I’m being pulled over’, and the camera will immediately start recording you using the Dual HD Cameras.
This may be a bit left field, but Ring also announced the Mailbox Sensor – a sensor, for your mailbox. It’s quite simple – it notifies you whenever there is new mail or whenever the mailbox is opened. It will cost $29.99, which is a bit much for your mail
That’s all that was announced from Ring at the Amazon Event, and all of these devices will be available for pre-order in the US on October 8 2020. There’s no set launch date for these products in other countries – not even the United Kingdom, but we might hear more from Ring soon! What do you think of a flying security camera in your house? Let me know down in the comments below!