It’s a common struggle for urban internet shoppers: You order plenty of great stuff online, but you’re at work during the day, and your apartment doesn’t have a safe place for package deliveries. Doorbot, a new camera/doorbell/HAL 9000 lookalike, will notify your smartphone when your doorbell rings — even if you’re miles away — so you can let the UPS guy inside or simply give him permission to leave your package on your step.
The home-automation device combines video surveillance with a doorbell. It’s like a video intercom, except instead of video being beamed to a fixed screen, it can go straight to your smartphone. In order to do this, the Doorbot has many of the same components as an embedded system. It connects to your home Wi-Fi, it runs off a rechargeable lithium-ion battery (with an estimated battery life of just under a year), and it includes a fisheye camera. One particularly cool feature is night-vision mode, which lets you see who’s at your door even if you don’t have a brightly-lit stoop. When someone rings Doorbot, you’ll get a push notification on your phone, and you can see who rang and even communicate with them with an intercom-like feature.
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