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Ring Always Home Cam drone release date, price and auto flying features

Ring Always Home Cam
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A year after it was first announced, Ring's Always Home Cam flying camera drone will finally be available for purchase — for those few who are invited.

Instead of installing home security cameras all around your house, the Ring Always Home Cam is a drone that can give you a bird's eye view of anywhere inside your home, from wherever you are. 

The Ring Always Home Cam drone uses a quadcopter design, with the rotors housed in a protective basket. Below the rotors is a compartment that houses the battery and 1440x1440 HD camera with a 120-degree field of view, both vertically and horizontally. A built-in LED helps illuminate subjects in low light. The drone docks in a white base when it needs to recharge. 

The drone itself measures 7.5 x 7.5 x 5.4 inches; anything bigger and it would have trouble flying around your house. It has both 2.4GHz and 5GHz Wi-Fi.

It also has obstacle avoidance technology so it won't bump into walls and such. When you first use the device, it creates a map of your home, so you can direct it to go to specific rooms. 

If you have a Ring Alarm system, the drone can be programmed to automatically fly to where the disturbance was detected. That's sure to be a rude surprise for any intruder or teen trying to sneak back into your house. You can also manually fly the drone around to check on things while you're not home. 

We'll add more to this as we learn additional details about the Ring Always Home Cam. It's an interesting idea, but we'll wait to see how practical — and how creepy — it is to use. While other companies have tried this concept with outdoor drones, but the low price of Ring's drone makes it more intriguing, and kinda creepy, too.

The Ring Always Home Cam will cost $249, and will start shipping in the near future. However, it's an invitation-only device at this time; here's how to apply for the invitation.

Mike Prospero

Michael A. Prospero is the deputy editor at Tom’s Guide overseeing the home, smart home, drones, and fitness/wearables categories, as well as all buying guides and other evergreen content. When he’s not testing out the latest running watch, skiing or training for a marathon, he’s probably using the latest sous vide machine or some other cooking gadget.