Amazon is announcing that it’s including Alexa to its Ring Video Doorbell Professional, giving it the power to speak to folks once they come to your home. The function is known as Alexa Greetings, and requires that you’ve a Ring Shield subscription, which begins at $three a month. In the event you do, Alexa can ask your guests what they need, and so they can select to go away a video recording as a message. In the event that they’re a supply particular person, Alexa will be capable to inform them the place to go away the packages — assuming the supply particular person is prepared to speak to your robotic doorbell.
Past automating the method of taking video messages and directing deliveries, it’s unclear if Alexa will carry any further performance.
The corporate can be asserting a Fast Replies function, which ought to work on most of its doorbells while not having that subscription (although the corporate’s most cost-effective doorbell, the $60 Ring Video Doorbell Wired, isn’t getting that function both). The function permits you to select a canned response resembling “we can’t answer the door right now, but if you’d like to leave a message, you can do it now” or “please leave the package outside. If you’d like to leave a message, you can do it now.” In fact, there are additionally replies that allow the particular person standing at your door know that you simply’ll be there in only a minute.
Lastly, Amazon can be bringing a movement warning to a few of its doorbells and cameras, which can audibly inform anybody round that Ring is recording if it detects movement.
All the brand new options will be turned on or off within the Ring app, so in the event you don’t need Alexa answering the door for you, you may merely not allow the function. Additionally, if we’re including new options to the Ring doorbells, it could be nice to see a touchless doorbell function added (particularly since most of those these new options require really urgent the button).
The bulletins come at a time when the corporate is each receiving criticism for working with police to provide footage captured by Ring cameras, and making an attempt to extend the cameras’ attraction to privacy-centric customers by testing end-to-end encryption support.