What? Amazon Just Showed Off a Flying Ring Camera

 In Air

Amazon held an event Thursday to intro­duce a suite of new prod­ucts, and one of them drew a great deal of atten­tion: A secu­ri­ty camera that can fly around inside the home.

Coming from the Amazon-owned home secu­ri­ty com­pa­ny Ring, the Ring Always Home Cam is part camera, part drone. It’s being mar­ket­ed as a way for users to keep cabs on their entire home, with­out need­ing to buy mul­ti­ple cam­eras.

“Ring Always Home Cam gives home­own­ers a vari­ety of view­points through­out their home with­out having to pur­chase mul­ti­ple cam­eras. Users can check if the oven was left on, the doors are locked, or the curl­ing iron was left on with this com­pact, light­weight, autonomous­ly flying indoor camera that flies pre­de­ter­mined paths set by the user, pro­vid­ing greater vis­i­bil­i­ty when no one is home,” Ring said in its announce­ment of the prod­uct.

“When used with Ring Alarm, the Ring Always Home Cam will fly the appro­pri­ate paths to check for poten­tial dis­tur­bances when an alarm sensor is trig­gered. Ring Always Home Cam was built with pri­va­cy in mind and only records video when in flight. When not in use, it remains in the dock where the camera is phys­i­cal­ly blocked. When in motion, it makes an audi­ble sound — this is pri­va­cy you can hear.”

The Ring Always Home Cam is priced at $249.99, and is set to arrive in 2021, the com­pa­ny said.

Some of the media cov­er­age of the announce­ment has looked at the pri­va­cy impli­ca­tions of the Ring Always Home Cam and the other new Amazon prod­ucts.

“As we’ve learned from Ring’s other prod­ucts, what’s to stop it from spying on family members or neighbors, becoming a tool for police — or being used to watch you,” the Washington Post asked. “Once again, Ring’s prod­ucts raise more social ques­tions than the com­pa­ny seems to want to address.”

Also Thursday, Ring announced sev­er­al prod­ucts for the car, includ­ing the Ring Car Alarm, Ring Car Cam, and Ring Car Connect. And Ring also announced the arrival of end-to-end encryp­tion for its videos.

“Privacy and secu­ri­ty guide every­thing we do at Ring and we are always look­ing for ways to deliv­er more user con­trol and improve our cus­tomers’ expe­ri­ence,” Leila Rouhi, pres­i­dent of Ring, said in the announce­ment. “We are proud to be one of the first major play­ers in the smart home secu­ri­ty space to offer video End-to-End Encryption as part of our home secu­ri­ty solu­tions.”

A study published this summer by Strategy Analytics found that across the United States, UK, France, and Germany, nearly 30 per­cent of smart homes have at least one sur­veil­lance camera.

Stephen Silver, a tech­nol­o­gy writer for The National Interest, is a jour­nal­ist, essay­ist and film critic, who is also a con­trib­u­tor to Philly Voice, Philadelphia Weekly, the Jewish Telegraphic Agency, Living Life Fearless, Backstage mag­a­zine, Broad Street Review and Splice Today. The co-founder of the Philadelphia Film Critics Circle, Stephen lives in sub­ur­ban Philadelphia with his wife and two sons. Follow him on Twitter at @StephenSilver.

Image: Reuters.

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