Can I Buy Amazon’s Always Home Cam, the Flying Indoor Security Camera? – Kiplinger’s Personal Finance

Fixed cameras and sensors can only go so far in minding your property. In fact, they can’t go anywhere at all, being screwed into the wall. That’s where the flying Ring Always Home Cam from Amazon Prime comes in. But in order to get one, you have to have something unusual from a retailer that will generally sell just about anything to anybody: an invitation.

The Ring Always Home Cam is a camera-equipped drone that follows a guidepath the homeowner sets up. It allows you to see what’s going on throughout the house (there are exceptions; we’ll get to those). You can see live whether someone left the stove burner on or if the toilet’s running – and even spot the bad guys if someone broke in. It has LED lights to illuminate the scene should you be checking the palace out at night.

This drone-for-home meshes nicely with  Amazon’s pending deal to buy iRobot, the maker of the Roomba home vacuum and cleaning devices. Shall we dub Ring’s Always Home Cam the Roomba of the sky?

Another too-cool-to-be-true feature? When the contact sensor or motion detectors on your Ring Alarm security system are triggered, like a superhero, the Always Home Cam rises from its dock and flies toward danger – or whatever set off your alarm system. And if you’re concerned about privacy, Amazon says the Always Home Cam only records when it’s on its designated flight path or when triggered by the Ring Alarm system. You teach the Always Home Cam its flight path (look for the video). When you’re home, the camera stays hidden in the Always Home Cam dock, recharging and readying itself for the next mission.

The cost of the Ring Always Home Cam: $249.99. And about the invitation-only ability to buy it: I let Amazon know I was interested in buying an Always Home Cam. I got an email from Amazon with a link back to a survey explaining that quantities of this drone are limited and not everyone who requests an invitation will be invited. Amazon wanted to know how many Ring devices I own (none); if I have a home security system (I do); whether I had a Ring Protect subscription that would allow me to use advanced Ring features (no); whether I had frequent visitors in the form of children or pets (no); and the square footage of my home (none of their business). I didn’t go any further as I’m pretty sure the Ring Always Home Cam only works with Ring devices (let’s get to work on this, Amazon).

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