Ryan was impressed with Google's Nest Learning Digital Thermometre and recommended it a few years back as a great holiday gift, which is still true to this day. A company called Ring is making inroads into the smart home market with their self titled second generation product. Their original product was Doorbot, which some hated and many liked but which is nowhere near as interesting as the new Ring. It is a 720p camera, with a motion sensor, microphone and speaker all powered by the small current provided by your existing doorbell circuits and a battery backup good for about a year. It connects to your house and the Cloud via WiFi and is capable of not only ringing on your iOS7+ or Android 4.0+ phone but also to send the video so you can interact with whoever is at your front door even when you are away. You may not be able to sign for packages remotely but barring that this can be very handy. Read more at The Register.
"Ring is enjoying that classic moment in a company's lifecycle when word has started getting out and orders are coming in at a rate that requires scaling up to the next level. And for good reason too. By all accounts, Ring the video doorbell is an impressive product, successfully navigating the path between hardware, software, smart phones and cloud services to deliver a genuinely innovative product with a real use-case."
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Am I the only one who
Am I the only one who couldn’t care less about “smart homes”? Seriously I don’t care if the lights are on when I open the front door or if I need to tell my the postman that yes, despite not answering the doorbell for the 5th time this week, would would have guessed that I’m away on holiday..
Ring may be better than
Ring may be better than Doorbot, but I’ve seen a lot of comments that the Ring is just as bad – crappy motion detection, video isn’t that good, expensive cloud feature, wifi problems, etc. There’s the good side tho, but I’m not jumping up and down with this new product.