The Dangerous Security Of An Amazon Drone That Spies On The Inside Of Your Home
Ring’s Always Home Cam is a quadcopter built only for indoor flight, its small rotors contained in boxy protective grills. Its body, dangling from below the rotors, contains a 1080p video camera, which effectively shutters itself inside a charging station when the drone is at rest. While the dimensions are not yet public, the largest Ring device on the market today is barely longer than 5 inches, and it is safe to assume the Always Home Cam will be somewhat similarly proportioned.
The stated purpose of the interior surveillance drone is as an antidote to forgetfulness. Ring’s own release cites it as a singularly economical way to answer such humdrum questions as “did I leave a window open or the stove on at home,” instead of installing room-specific cameras everywhere.
It is also, by design, part of a larger family of Ring surveillance devices. Most of these systems are pointed outward, at the perceived or imagined external threats that might venture into a residence. In the imagined scenario, following the triggering of another alarm, Ring’s drone will launch, flying a preset pattern through the house, its camera streaming what it sees to the user who ordered it to fly.
In order to do any of this, the Ring drone has to first be programmed with a layout of the home it is occupying, and then have a