Amazon Opens More Availability to Try Flying Home Camera

Request to be invited to try out the Ring Always Home Camera

Among the many things that Amazon announced on Tuesday during its big event was the new Always Home Camera

Amazon initially announced the autonomous flying camera last year, but said it's now opening invite-only availability to purchase the Ring-made camera for $250. The Always Home Camera works as a small drone that can go anywhere in your home to show you what’s going on while you’re away. 

Always Home Camera

The device is much more convenient than buying multiple cameras to shoot at different locations in your home. Amazon showcased the device’s capabilities on Tuesday in a video that details how the camera maneuvers through your home and what the point of view looks like as it moves around. 

"This device uses a combination of active sensors and advanced navigation algorithms to fly along your custom, predetermined paths when triggered by a Ring Alarm sensor or within the Ring App," Ring detailed in its official press release. 

"With an onboard flight control system, Always Home Cam only flies where a customer wants, when a customer wants, and only records in-flight for added privacy and security."

Features include 440 x 1440 HD video, a built-in LED that automatically lights up the path when recording at night or in dim environments, a five-minute flight time, customizable flight paths you can pre-program, 120-degree horizontal, and vertical field of view, and more. 

Unfortunately, to try out this futuristic camera, you have to request to be invited, and only U.S. customers can do so at the moment. It’s also important to note that the camera can only fly around a single story of a home at once, so if you have multiple levels in your home that you want to monitor, you’ll have to buy multiple Always Home Cameras. 

Other announcements from Tuesday include the reveal of the Echo Show 15, Amazon Glow, Amazon Halo View, a partnership between Amazon and Disney for a “Hey, Disney!” Alexa feature, and more.

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