Amazon’s Ring launches new Video Doorbell Pro 2 that lets users create a virtual ‘fence’ around their home that notifies them when trespassers or a delivery person steps on the property
- The $250 device includes aerial view showing the path someone is taking
- The 1536 x 1536 square video allows for a full head-to-toe view of visitors
- ‘Distance threshold’ alerts are set when visitors get within a certain distance
- Subscribers can use Alexa to take messages and give package instructions
Amazon’s Ring has unveiled its new Video Doorbell Pro 2, boasting a bird’s eye view, taller field of vision and virtual answering machine, among other new features.
The device includes a 3D radar system that acts like a ‘virtual fence,’ allowing homeowners to set a perimeter around the property.
The system notifies users when a person trespasses or a delivery person crosses the lawn to drop off a package.
Ring has also includes a ‘bird’s eye view’ feature that provides an aerial view of the property with a map and dotted lines providing context by indicating where motion started
With 1536p HD resolution and an array microphone, the $250 device has the crispest picture and sound of any Ring.
The Pro 2 is available for pre-order Wednesday and is expected to ship beginning March 31.
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Presented as picture-in-picture, the bird’s eye view feature provides an aerial view with dots indicating where motion started and what direction it is moving
With the 3D motion-detection radar, homeowners can customize which areas are monitored by setting ‘distance thresholds.’
The system will only send an alert and start recording once someone crosses that threshold.
Designated zones can be set up to block certain areas from the camera’s field of view.
In addition to providing privacy, ‘this makes it even easier to exclude areas outside your property where motion frequently takes place, such as the sidewalk or the street in front of your home,’ Ring founder Jamie Siminoff said in a blog post.
The $250 Ring Video Doorbell Pro 2 is available for preorder now and expected to begin shipping March 31
With the 3D motion-detection radar, homeowners can customize which areas are monitored by setting ‘distance thresholds.’ An alert is set and the camera begins recording only when that threshold is crossed
The bird’s eye view feature provides an aerial view of the property with a map and dotted lines providing context by indicating where motion started and what direction it is moving.
The person’s path will be presented as a picture-in-picture video in both Live View and, if you have a Ring Protect Plan, when reviewing your event history.
The Pro 2 can act as an ‘answering machine’ for your front door, with preset replies for visitors
Siminoff called the two features ‘the next natural steps in home security.’
‘With the introduction of these radar-based features, we’re reinventing what our devices can do to give our customers a more precise picture of what is happening at home,’ he said in a release.
‘We’re excited to add this technology to our most popular product—the doorbell, and to offer customers even more choices for their home security systems.’
The Video Doorbell Pro 2 presents a 1536 x 1536 square video image instead of the traditional 16:9 wide view, allowing for a full head-to-toe view of visitors.
It also makes it easier to see packages left right on your doorstep in front of the doorbell.
The Ring Video Doorbell Pro 2 increases the horizontal view allowing visitors to be seen from head to toe. It also prevents packages put right on your welcome mat from being out of view
Ring Protect Plan subscribers can use Alexa Greetings with the Pro 2, allowing Amazon’s virtual assistant to greet visitors, take messages, and provide package instructions
The Pro 2 can also act as an ‘answering machine’ for your front door, with preset replies for visitors.
Ring Protect Plan subscribers can turn on Alexa Greetings, which allows Amazon’s virtual assistant to greet visitors, take messages, and provide instructions.
To help improve sound quality and decrease audio distortion, the device now comes with an array microphone.
Ring says the Doorbell Pro 2 will soon support end-to-end encryption, which is currently in technical preview.
How do I secure my Ring doorbell?
The Ring doorbell introduces a potential digital vulnerability to your physical world. If you plan to use it, then make sure you do so securely and take the following precautions:
- Protect your Wi-Fi with a guest network and use a strong password. Also, make sure to have well-customised settings (eg. do not share your Wi-Fi publicly and disable SSID broadcast so your network is not visible to strangers);
- Use a firewall and antivirus software;
- Be sure to attach your device securely so that it can’t easily be stolen;
- Always keep its software up-to-date;
- Do not share Ring videos on social networking apps as it might pose a threat to your security and privacy;
- Do not keep old footage. Delete it so there would be less information available about you in case of a breach.