Amazon.com Inc. has built a camera on a small drone designed to fly around the house and investigate suspicious activity.
The Ring Always Home Cam moves autonomously and is equipped with an indoor camera, giving users multiple view points of their homes. The drone can take a path around the home that’s pre-determined by the user and only records when in flight, not when docked, the company said.
The device will be available in 2021 for US$250, the company said during a live-stream event on Thursday.
Ring, based in southern California, makes internet-connected doorbells and home cameras. Since Amazon’s acquisition of the startup in early 2018, it has seen sales surge. Ring has also been beset by privacy concerns, from hacks of its products due to weak passwords, to reports of employees sharing unencrypted user videos.
On Thursday, Ring said it would enable end-to-end encryption for user videos.