Ring tackles home security with flying indoor camera

Ring has introduced the Ring Always Home Cam, a drone-style indoor camera to protect the home.

The autonomous indoor camera flies around the home following a preset, personalised path so that homeowners can easily walk around their homes while they are out. It can show if a window has been left open or if the oven has been left on, for example. 

It also integrates with the Ring Alarm home security system, meaning that when it is triggered while in Away Mode, the Always Home Cam will automatically fly a set path to see what has triggered the alarm. 

Homeowners can stream video while the camera is in-flight via the Ring app. 

According to Ring’s founder, Jamie Siminoff, customers often have multiple indoor cameras but still find themselves wanting more to cover the spots that can’t be seen on the cameras they already have. 

Siminoff said: “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.”

The first of its kind, the camera had to be designed with privacy, safety and security at the forefront. 

The device itself sits in a base which physically blocks the camera when not in use to give homeowners peace of mind that their privacy is not being compromised. The camera will only start recording when the device leaves the dock and start flying via one of the preset paths. 

As an extra privacy measure, the Always Home Came has been designed to hum at a set volume so it’s clear the camera is in motion and is recording. 

The camera cannot be manually controlled and will only follow the paths you choose during the setup process, ensuring it will only record and see what you want it to. 

Obstacle avoidance technology is used to avoid it hitting any unexpected objects as it moves on the preset paths. Its small size, lightweight design and shrouded propellers enable it to move safely throughout the home. 

“I believe the Ring Always Home Cam will change how we think about home security and is proof of what can happen when we continue to push boundaries and bring together the best of privacy, innovative technology and design,” Siminoff added. “We first did this with our flagship Video Doorbell, and I’m excited to see what ideas we will bring to life next.”

Ring has not announced availability or pricing for the Ring Always Home Cam yet. 

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