Amazon’s new Ring camera is actually a flying drone

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Ring announces the $250 Always Home Cam indoor drone and plans for end-to-end encryption.

Ring on Thursday introduced a new product to its growing roster of smart home devices — the Ring Always Home Cam. Unlike the Amazon company’s other security cameras, the Always Home Cam is a flying camera drone that docks when it isn’t in use. The Ring Always Home Cam will be available in 2021 for $250.

Along with this hardware announcement, Ring says you’ll be able to turn on end-to-end encryption in the Ring app’s Control Center “later this year” in an effort to improve the security of its devices.

A bit of Ring history

Before Ring was Ring, it was a startup called Bot Home Automation. Bot Home’s inaugural product, the 2014 Doorbot, was among the first video doorbells on the market. It had a lot of problems, however — clunky design, limited features and poor performance. Then Bot Home rebranded to Ring, was purchased by Amazon and now sells a growing variety of smart home security and automation devices and related accessories.

Ring has been in the news for its Neighbors program partnership with law enforcement agencies, which allows Ring customers to share their saved video clips. Privacy advocates express concern about how Ring and law enforcement agencies collect and use the information they gather. Ring also has patents for facial recognition technology that would scan through law enforcement databases.

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