First Look: The Ring Video Doorbell

First Look: The Ring Video Doorbell

When screening your calls isn’t enough.

I rarely answer the door, to the point that some people might call me a recluse. I hate surveys, don’t want to hear a sales pitch in my sweatpants, and even prefer to avoid the delivery person (they’ll just leave it anyway, right?).

For these reasons, the Ring video doorbell definitely has my attention. A refined iteration on their previous product, the Doorbot, Ring adds an extra layer of convenience and security to your front porch.

The moment a visitor presses your doorbell, your smart phone receives a notification and link to a live video feed with voice chat. This is where the magic happens: you can tell UPS to “leave the package out back,” or tell a shifty character that you’re practicing ninjitsu and can’t come to the door.

Factor in night vision, available cloud video recording, and a lifetime replacement program if it’s stolen, and you have the recipe for a killer addition to your burgeoning smart home.

Ring is available in a variety of colors for $249 this holiday season; if you order before December 15th (like I have), you can snatch it up for $50 off.

Special Note: I got word earlier this week that I’m receiving a beta unit from the Ring team to kick the tires. Check back in the very near future for an early hands-on!


Eric is the creator of At Home in the Future and has been a passionate fan of the future since he was seven. He's a web developer by trade, and serves as the Director of Communication and Technology for a large church in Nashville, TN (where he and his family are building a high tech home in the woods).


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