The concept of a video intercom that lets you view who is at the front door is not new and is featured in many residences around the US and other parts of the world. The DoorBot improves upon this idea by allowing you to interact with the person on the other side of the door. DoorBot has also improved on another aspect of design in that you may be away from home, on the other side of the world, and still interact with the visitor at your front door.
DoorBot is powered by 4 AA batteries, so there is no cost for electrical wiring needed. Batteries should last for about a year, with normal usage, and the unit easily connects to your home’s Wi-Fi network. Once the DoorBot has Internet access, the owner next needs to download and install a free application. Both the iPhone and Android-based devices are supported.
The next time someone comes to your door and rings the doorbell, you will automatically receive a message on your smartphone. You will then have the opportunity to converse with the person at your front door, or you can ignore the caller and do nothing. If you do decide to contact the person at your front door, you merely start a conversation with the person, who won’t be able to see you.
I can see that DoorBot could have other applications as well. For small offices, one could be in a back room, yet keep an eye on the front door when someone approaches or a messenger comes by. For one man/woman offices, you could close the business while you get yourself a bit of lunch, and still be able to communicate with anyone who comes to your office. You could provide the person with a personal message telling them when you plan on returning or provide them with other information they may need. This can all be done without the necessity of having a secretary on hand during business hours.
This project is being crowdsource funded over at Christie Street and the developers are looking for $250,000. If the project proceeds, you will eventually be able to purchase a DoorBot sometime in July, 2013. The price for the DoorBot is estimated to be about $170.
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Source: Christie Street
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