Tech Giant, Amazon has unveiled a new security drone camera that can fly if its sensors detect a potential break-in into an apartment or building.
The new camera drone was developed by Amazon’s smart home security division, Ring. It was designed to work inside an apartment and only come alive when residents of the building are out. It is also limited to one floor of the building.
The camera drone alerts the owner(s) of the building through their smartphone if there is a potential break-in.
The new product may spark a privacy concern lawsuit due to the nature of its operations. Although Amazon is not calling it a drone, the new product is practically a smart drone equipped with spy capabilities.
According to Amazon,
“The Always Home Cam is an incredibly ambitious device that will seem like something from a science fiction movie for many consumers,” commented Ben Wood from the consultancy CCS Insight.
“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.”
The Tech giant said privacy was at the top of its considerations when the camera drone was being designed.
“It only reports 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 report. In addition to that, it’s built to be loud, so it’s really privacy that you can hear.” Amazon explained further.
The new security drone is expected to cost $250 when it eventually goes on sale.
Amazon’s security department, Ring has come under heavy criticism in the past for encouraging users of its technology to share video recordings with the police. The critics say, Amazon Ring is normalizing the use of technology that erodes the privacy of individuals.
Ring has hit back however, saying its products which include video doorbells, indoor video cameras and smart alarm system has helped to make the world a safer place.