Amazon announces that they are adding Alexa to Ring Video Doorbell Pro, giving it the ability to talk to people when they come to your house. The feature is called Alexa Greetings, and requires you to have a Ring Protect subscription, which starts at $ 3 a month. If you do, Alexa can ask visitors what they want, and they can choose to leave a video as a message. If they are a delivery person, Alexa will be able to tell them where to leave the packages – provided the delivery person is willing to talk to the robot door.
In addition to automating the process of capturing video messages and managing deliveries, it is unclear whether Alexa will provide additional functionality.
The company also announces a Quick Replies feature, which will work on most of the doorbells without needing the subscription (although the company’s cheapest doorbell, the $ 60 Ring Video Doorbell Wired, does not get that feature either). The feature allows you to select a hermetic response such as “we can not reply to the door right now, but if you want to leave a message, you can do so now” or “leave the package outside. If you want to leave a message, you can do it now. ”Of course, there are also answers that let the person standing at your door know that you will be there in just a moment.
Finally, Amazon also brings a motion alert to some of the doorbells and cameras, which will audibly tell everyone around that Ring picks up if it detects motion.
All of the new features can be turned on or off in the Call app, so if you do not want Alexa to answer the door for you, you simply cannot activate the feature. Also, if we add new features to the Ring Doorbells, it would be great to see a non-contact doorbell feature added (especially since most of these new features actually require the push of a button).
The announcements come at a time when the company is both being criticized for collaborating with the police to deliver footage taken by Ring cameras, and trying to increase the cameras’ appeal to privacy-centric users by testing end-to-end encryption support.