Arlo has a touchless doorbell, too — can’t we just update existing ones to do this? – The Verge

“Finally, a doorbell for the pandemic period,” we remarked, as Alarm.com introduced its sub-$200 Touchless Video Doorbell yesterday. What was when an interest has now become a pattern: Netgear spinoff Arlo now has its own Touchless Video Doorbell too, right down to the same item name.

Arlo does not have a cost, release date, and even an image of the new doorbell, which got me to thinking: why does it need to be any different than the doorbells that Arlo (and Google’s Nest and Amazon’s Ring, and so on) currently provide today?

Here’s how Arlo explains the idea:

Leveraging exact Proximity Sensing Technology to determine a visitor’s distance, the Arlo Touchless Video Doorbell absolutely nos in on a visitor’s technique. As soon as spotted, the guest hears an audible chime and sees a noticeable light, signifying the doorbell has been “pressed” and the homeowner has looked out– all before they come into physical contact with the device.

The majority of wise doorbells currently have cameras with some type of motion detection. Some even let you tweak motion detection zones, and numerous currently have lights and sounds that let a visitor know when they’ve pushed the button.

Why not simply fire off a software update to existing doorbells, ones that immediately sound the doorbell when the camera spots a visitor? It might play an audio message like “We’re sounding the doorbell for you, please wait a moment,” too. Arlo’s video doorbells already support sending out pre-recorded audio messages.

The humble webcam became 2020’s crucial device when the pandemic hit, and many DSLR and mirrorless video camera makers responded to the cam shortage by launching software application to let you turn them into webcams, too. Do doorbell makers believe they can entice sufficient people to purchase a brand-new doorbell just for this, at a time when individuals aren’t supposed to be visiting each other’s houses? If I’m ideal and existing web cams can do this, it may be more effective to attempt to offer more of those existing designs by building some goodwill.

Arlo presented its very first battery-powered doorbell late in 2015.

A lot of wise doorbells currently have cams with some form of motion detection. Why not just fire off a software application upgrade to existing doorbells, ones that automatically sound the doorbell when the cam identifies a visitor? Do doorbell makers think they can attract sufficient people to buy a new doorbell simply for this, at a time when people aren’t supposed to be checking out each other’s houses?

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