The latest Ring home security camera is taking off – literally. The new Always Home Cam is a self-contained drone that can fly inside your home to give you a perspective of any room you want when you’re away from home. Once its flight is over, the Always Home Cam returns to its dock to charge its battery. It is expected to cost $ 249.99 when it starts shipping next year.
Jamie Siminoff, Ring founder and “chief inventor,” says the idea behind the Always Home Cam is to provide multiple vantage points throughout the home without requiring the use of multiple cameras. In an interview before the announcement, he said the company had spent the past two years on focused development of the device, and it was “an obvious product that is very difficult to build.” With advancements in drone technology, the company is able to make a product like this and get it to work as desired.
The Always Home Cam is fully self-contained, but owners can tell it which path it can take and where it can go. When you first get the device, you build a map of your house to follow, which lets you ask it for specific views such as the kitchen or bedroom. The drone can be commanded to fly on demand or programmed to fly when a disturbance is detected by a linked Ring Alarm system.
The charging station blocks the view of the camera and the camera only records when it is in flight. Ring says the drone makes an audible noise in flight, so it’s evident when footage is recorded.
Here’s a (sadly silent) promotional video of the Always Home Cam in action. Video courtesy ring
Ring says the camera can be used for simple things like checking to see if a stove has been left on or a window left open, or if a door is locked when you’re away from home. It has obstacle avoidance technology to allow it to avoid objects in its path, and its armored propellers prevent property damage or injure a pet or person who might collide with the drone.
It’s easy to say that this is by far the most ambitious product from Ring to date, and it will be very interesting to see if it actually performs as promised. We will have to wait until next year to find out, however.