At first glance, it’s a tough ask: allow Amazon-owned Ring to fly a mini drone carrying a camera around your house, all in the name of security. Ring Always Home Cam was undoubtedly the weirdest of the announcements at yesterday’s big Amazon Fall hardware event, but while it may seem like an Onion gag the security firm insists it’s headed to your living room in 2021.
Reactions were, as you could probably expect, mixed. Some people instantly loved the idea of a camera that wasn’t limited to the traditional pan, tilt, and zoom we’re familiar with from existing security systems, instead being able to move the lens to where it’s actually needed.
Others, though, weren’t so convinced. After all, the prospect of an extension of Amazon’s AI taking flight around your home requires a fair degree of trust, and there are plenty of people who aren’t all that comfortable at the thought of cohabiting with a fixed connected camera. Ask Ring, though, and there are four good reasons why you shouldn’t’ be worried about Ring Always Home Cam.
You tell Ring Always Home Cam where to fly
Although we’ve seen drones get increasingly smart, and develop autopilot systems, Ring’s flying camera errs on the dumber side – and that’s by design. Although it has features like obstacle avoidance, to stop it from colliding with unexpected objects, the actual flight plan is all preset. Indeed, you set that up when you first take the Ring Always Home Cam out of the box.
Each flight path is established from day one. So, if you don’t want the camera to go into your bathroom or bedroom, you can make sure they’re off-limits.
You’ll always hear Ring Always Home Cam coming
If you do find yourself in a room where the flying camera can roam, you shouldn’t ever be surprised by it. “We even designed Always Home Cam to hum at a certain volume,” Ring explains, “so it’s clear the camera is in motion and is recording. This is privacy you can hear.”
Drones generally aren’t quiet things when in operation: after all, having multiple rotors, even little ones, make some noise. If anything, the flying camera is undoubtedly more easily spotted when it’s in action compared to a traditional, fixed camera. They usually only have an LED to show they’re active.
Ring Always Home Cam can’t be piloted manually
Should the flying camera spot something while you’re not home, you’ll be notified in the Ring app. What you can’t do, however, is log in remotely and pilot the Ring Always Home Cam using manual controls. Unlike a traditional remote-control drone, there’s no way to manually operate it.
Again, that’s by design. “It cannot be manually controlled,” Ring points out, “ensuring that it will only record and see what is important to you.” Of course, that also means that you’ll want to think carefully about where you do set up the preset flight paths, since the camera won’t be able to stray from those areas.
When Ring Always Home Cam lands, it’s blind
Adding to the “you’ll always know when it’s recording” reassurance is the nature of the drone camera’s dock. When the Ring Always Home Cam lands, the camera isn’t just switched off, it’s fully enclosed. “The device rests in the base and the camera is physically blocked when docked,” Ring explains. “The camera will only start recording when the device leaves the base and starts flying via one of the preset paths.”
Even if someone could hack it to turn on while it was landed, all they’d be able to see would be the dark insides of the docking station itself. To change that, it would have to take off, and then you’d hear it. Plus, Ring is delivering end-to-end encryption later this year to further minimize the potential for unwanted app intruders.
Clearly, there’s still some way to go before the idea of a $250 flying security camera is palatable to everyone. As ideas go, however, Ring’s design is a little less creepy than it might first sound. Whether that will translate to actual sales when the Ring Always Home Cam takes flight next year remains to be seen.
iPhone 12 Pro Max confirmed to pack 3,687 mAh battery – comments – GSMArena.com
Anonymous, 1 hour agoThat’s because there are people who use a high refresh rate but they aren’t even gam… moreLol that is why there is something called “Adaptive Refresh Rate”. You don’t have to be a gamer to experience it
JDK, 11 minutes agoYou made the point yourself.
We know you have never tasted the “IOS pizza” becaus… moreDidn’t you admit in the other thread that you used iOS long time back?
How can you pass a judgement on something you have never experienced recently?
- 11 minutes ago
We know you have never tasted the “IOS pizza” because you trash it 24/7.
So go taste some “IOS pizza” yourself before you trash it.
Oh you know what, a troll like you would never even BOTHER to try IOS. Well, ok.
Keep living your life in the “android superiority matrix”.
- 33 minutes ago
Though going to be an excellent phone, it’s the battery again that dissapoints. Tom’s Guide already revealed that iPhone 12 has shorter battery life than iPhone 11 despite on 4G network.
blablameh, 55 minutes agohigh refresh rate is not only good for gaming, its also really great for scrolling the text, i… moreIt’s pointless trying to explain someone how good pizza tastes as they have never eaten it. They’ll only appreciate it when they get it on their iphones.
IOS is no different from a prison where prison guard decides what inmates get to eat while Android is like a buffet where one can pick and choose.
No wonder 80% people want nothing to do with iOS.
So glad to be part of the premium ecosystem of Android where one doesn’t have to beg for latest tech like High refresh rate screen.
Anonymous, 1 hour agoMax Pro has good battery life because it still only has a 60hz refresh rate display, not becau… moreEven Budget Androids have 90hz-120hz these days and have better endurance rating that 60hz iPhone.
As usual, Apple behind the competition.
- 46 minutes ago
BigDisplay, 48 minutes agoHoly cow cake… Serious… A toy battery for 5g and a big display 😳 what are they thinking ab… morelmao you are exactly the type of comment I expected when entering the comment section
Holy cow cake… Serious… A toy battery for 5g and a big display 😳 what are they thinking about… Maybe they don’t think, only for the money 👎🏻👎🏻👎🏻
- 55 minutes ago
Anonymous, 1 hour agoThat’s because there are people who use a high refresh rate but they aren’t even gam… morehigh refresh rate is not only good for gaming, its also really great for scrolling the text, i.e. web browsing. once you get used to the fluent text / web page scrolling there is no going back. with 60Hz screen my eyes literally bleed, 90Hz was better but still not that comfortable. for me 120Hz is minimum for comfortable reading.
- 56 minutes ago
Leave me alone guys with this your iPhone thing
I phone this, iPhone that, I’m full of you now! !!!!!
Anonymous, 1 hour agoThat’s because there are people who use a high refresh rate but they aren’t even gam… moreYeah, but look how smooth it is “proceeds to diddle the app drawer up and down”. I need and want 144Hz display for gaming, but I feel like my iPhone XR display is great for what I need it. Despite being “only” 60Hz IPS LCD…
- 1 hour ago
Strawhat, 1 hour agoIt makes 11 series a better deal with a cheaper and bigger battery. Just ignore 5GI can do without 5G, and if I gain some battery in the process, by having an 11 instead, I’ll be very happy to do so
Research said, Li-ion battery will lose most of its quality at about 3 years of usage, whatever the brand is.
Heavy gaming, charge 3 times a day, overheat will shorten the battery life.
- 1 hour ago
- 1 hour ago
That’s because there are people who use a high refresh rate but they aren’t even gamers… Wtf
- 1 hour ago
Anonymous, 2 hours agoIncredible how power efficient iPhones always been. With this size battery they will still be … moreMax Pro has good battery life because it still only has a 60hz refresh rate display, not because iPhones are more efficient.
Anonymous, 2 hours agosmaller battery lasts lesser, causing to charge more often, so degrades faster, having the use… moreIt makes 11 series a better deal with a cheaper and bigger battery. Just ignore 5G
- 1 hour ago
Anonymous, 2 hours agoIncredible how power efficient iPhones always been. With this size battery they will still be … morevery efficient half day last 2000$ iphone my phone last 3 daya for 500$ aoon must repleace battery ahhaha
iPhone 12 Pro Max confirmed to pack 3,687 mAh battery – GSMArena.com news – GSMArena.com
After we got confirmation on the iPhone 12 series’ modest performance gains and RAM capacity via Geekbench and AnTuTu we now have the iPhone 12 Pro Max’s battery size thanks to a listing on China’s TENAA agency.
The largest iPhone to date has a cell with rated capacity of 3,687 mAh which is 282 mAh less than last year’s iPhone 11 Pro Max which boasted a 3,969mAh cell. It’s also listed with 6GB RAM just like we saw on both the Geekebench and AnTuTu listings.
The battery capacities for the rest of the new iPhones were also revealed through official listings on Vodafone Netherlands. The 12 and 12 Pro come with 2,815 mAh cells while the 12 mini packs the smallest battery at 2,227 mAh.
Despite the smaller figures Apple is claiming similar battery life to last year’s iPhones, but despite the power efficiency gains from the new 5nm A14 chipset, early reviews say the 12 and 12 Pro can’t last as long as last year’s iPhone 11 Pro. The 12 mini and 12 Pro Max are yet to make their ways to reviewers’ hands.
iPhone 12 Pro Max battery smaller than iPhone 11 Pro Max, according to regulatory filing – AppleInsider
A Chinese regulatory filing spotted on Tuesday suggests Apple’s iPhone 12 Pro Max sports a less capacious battery than last year’s iPhone 11 Pro Max.
A filing with the Chinese Ministry of Industry and Information Technology’s Telecommunication Equipment Certification Center (TENAA) cites iPhone 12 Pro Max’s battery capacity as 3,687 mAh. By comparison, iPhone 11 Pro Max, which the 12 Pro Max replaces, was powered by a 3,969 mAh cell.
Lending credence to the document, the 3,687 mAh figure matches listings discovered on hardware certification platforms in July.
The TENAA page also says the 12 Pro Max comes with 6GB of RAM, mirroring information discovered in plist files included with Apple’s Xcode 12.1 beta last week.
Despite the apparent reduction in capacity, Apple says the iPhone 12 Pro Max performs similarly to last year’s handset. A comparison tool — somewhat vaguely — claims both iPhone models offer up to 20 hours of video playback between charges. That could be a negative for existing 11 Pro Max owners who need a midday top up.
This year’s iPhone includes a number of enhancements, some of which are major power sinks. New photography capabilities like 10-bit HDR and Dolby Vision HDR video recording are perhaps high on the list, but the main check to a long-lasting handset is the inclusion of power-hungry 5G connectivity. Nowhere will that be more noticeable than in the U.S., where iPhone supports speedy mmWave technology.
Apple is doing its best to balance 5G support with handset longevity. As part of that effort, a new battery-saving feature dubbed “Smart Data Mode” automatically transitions iPhone 12 series devices between 4G LTE and 5G as iOS deems necessary. For example, iPhone might remain on 4G for web browsing and listening to music, but will switch to the faster, low-latency 5G for a FaceTime call.
Apple is due to initiate iPhone 12 Pro Max pre-orders on Nov. 6 ahead of wide availability a week later.
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