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Ring introduces a mini drone that will patrol your home while you're not there

Ring introduces a mini drone that will patrol your home while you're not there

No more relying on nosy neighbors to tell you if you've had visitors at your door

Ever gotten to work and thought 'Did I switch the TV off?'. Now, with Ring's mini drone, you'll be able to check on your home from wherever you are.

In 2020, Amazon unveiled its Ring 'Always Home Cam' - a flying security camera designed to search around your house to check that everything is in order and there's no funny business going on.

Check it out here:

The idea behind the Ring camera (which is essentially a small drone, but hasn't been called one) is that it remains stationary until it detects any disturbances in your home while you're out.

If it does find any issues, you'll receive an alert on your smartphone to watch the footage live and decipher whether there's a cheeky thief trying to break in or if the dog has just triggered it... again.

On the Ring website, the innovative technology has been described as: "Next-level indoor security. This autonomous indoor security camera works with Ring Alarm and flies to pre-selected locations so you can easily check on your home.

"Designed with privacy in mind, the motors even hum when in flight - it's privacy you can hear."

The device flies when it detects a disturbance.

While it's seen to be 'next-level' home security, the product only actually works on one level of your home and can't go up or down stairs.

However, the privacy implications of the device has concerned some people.

Ben Wood, from the consultancy CCS Insight, told the BBC: "The Always Home Cam is an incredibly ambitious device that will seem like something from a science fiction movie for many consumers.

"I expect it to generate a huge amount of interest from technology enthusiasts who are typically the people who embrace smart home technology first.

"However, it is also likely to provoke a huge discussion around privacy and the future role of technology in the home."

Ring has since responded to the concerns, reassuring people about their privacy worries.

The flying camera in action.

At the time, Leila Rouhi, former president of Ring, said: "It only records when it's in motion, and when it's not in motion it actually sits in a dock where it's physically blocked from even being able to record.

"In addition to that, it's built to be loud, so it's really privacy that you can hear."

As well as activating when it senses a disturbance, you can also use the device to fly on demand and check on aspects of your home, but unfortunately it can't turn off the oven or tap for you... yet, anyway.

According to the BBC, the device is set to cost $250 (£204) when it goes on sale. At launch, it will only be available in the US, though an official release date is yet to be confirmed.

Featured Image Credit: Ring