The home security company has introduced the Ring Always Home Cam as an upcoming product, a $250 drone that will fly inside your house, offering you a bird’s eye view of your home when you’re away. The drone pairs with the Ring Alarm system and can be set to fly on preset routes, at certain moments of your choosing.
Users will be able to set the drone in motion using a smartphone app or have it automatically triggered by motion, which is when it would fly to that location and take video, streaming it to your device. This way, they would never again have to worry about forgetting a window open or leaving the kettle on, Ring says on the official blog.
That said, the drone is destined strictly for indoor use, with plans to bring it to market the next year. Ring is unable to offer an estimated timeline for the release, since it’s pending approval by the Federal Communications Commission.
At the presentation event, the drone wasn’t functional, CNN reports. Ring president Leila Rouhi held it by hand while showing its functionality, and said that it would sit on a dock or base. The dock would obscure the camera on the extended trunk below the caged propellers. In motion, the trunk comes out of the dock and the camera starts recording.
To assuage privacy advocates, the Always Home Cam would buzz when flying, thus alerting a subject of the fact that they’re being recorded. "Privacy you can hear" is how Ring describes it. It can’t be controlled manually, Rouhi added.