A handy new feature is incoming for users of Ring Video Doorbells.
A reader got in touch regarding a new icon showing up in his Ring app - 'Smart Responses' - last week, and now the Amazon-owned company have officially announced the feature.
Ring's Smart Responses actually comprises of three different elements: Alexa Greetings, Quick Replies and Motion Warnings.
Alexa Greetings puts Amazon's digital assistant in charge of vetting callers to your door. Within the Ring app, you can select to have Alexa ask the purpose of a caller's visit - after a pre-set time - and the assistant can then take voice messages or tell someone where to leave a delivery.
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Quick Replies is similar to a feature that is already part of the smart video doorbell offerings from the likes of Arlo and Nest.
You can pick from six responses, including âPlease leave the package outside. If youâd like to leave a message, you can do it now," or âWe canât answer the door right now, but if youâd like to leave a message, you can do it now.â
Finally Motion Warnings is designed to be a deterrent for people snooping around your property. If your Ring Video Doorbell (wired only for this feature, weirdly) or smart security camera detects motion then you can have an alert read out from the device's speaker: " âWarning - you are now being monitored and recorded by Ring.â
A farmer shouting "Get off my land!" would have been my preference for this feature but it's not to be.
It's been a busy few weeks for Ring. At the end of January the Amazon-owned brand unveiled its smallest, cheapest smart doorbell yet: The Ring Video Doorbell Wired.
Costing just $59.99, the Ring Video Doorbell Wired undercuts the previous 'budget' offering from the smart security specialist, the 2nd-gen Ring Video Doorbell, by $30.
Looks-wise, it's a darn site better looking than the bulky battery-powered Rings; it looks a lot like the svelte Ring Peephole Cam.
The new Ring Smart Responses feature is rolling out on the Ring app now.