DoorBot: The iPhone Smart Doorbell
They’re a myriad of wireless security cameras that could be installed to monitor my front door. But alas they all require a power source, something I’m not willing or talented enough to install. So what’s a fledging security nerd like me to do?
Enter the DoorBot. The battery powered device (4 AAs last for up to one year) installs easily, and should last the test of time thanks to the injection molded polymer and polished metal faceplate. The DoorBot is designed to replace your home’s doorbell, or add one in my case, and includes a built-in camera and glowing LED light.
When a visitor pushes the doorbell it “rings” your smartphone (iOS or Android) and allows you to not only engage in a voice conversation, but see a live, realtime video feed of who is at your front door step. Although the DoorBot won’t be able to unlock your door directly, the company behind the device, Edison Junior, has partnered with Lockitron, an iOS compatible deadbolt device that allows you to unlock your door any where in the world provided your smartphone has an Internet connection. When the door bell is rang, and you’ve certified the “knocker”, a Lockitron switch within the DoorBot app allows you to quickly and easily unlock your front door.
Edison Junior is currently looking for funding to the tune of $250,000. A hefty goal, but we’ve seen crazier things. If you’re willing to take the plunge you can grab one for $169, or get a DoorBot bundled with a Lockitron for $319. Estimated deliver is July 2013.