Ring brings radar detection to its Spotlight Cam Pro

We’ve already seen Ring add Bird’s Eye View – its fancy 3D motion detection – to its flagship security camera and flagship outdoor light camera. Consequently, you won’t get any awards for guessing that the feature is now available for the new Ring Spotlight Cam Pro. The new Pro Spotlight Cam is joined by a Spotlight Cam Plus, which offers a slightly nicer design than its predecessor.

For the uninitiated, Birds Eye View is a system that provides users with a top-down map of their area, showing the route a person took to your front door. It’s designed to let you know if someone on your porch has been peeking in your windows or anywhere else.

Both of Ring’s Spotlight Cams will be available in battery, plug-in, solar, and wired variants, although not all of those are ready yet. The Spotlight Cam Pro battery and plug-in can be purchased for $230, while the solar model costs $250. The Plus is available to pre-order today with prices starting at $200.

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At the same time, Ring is also introducing a more business-focused way of using Amazon’s Astro, its (terrifying) home security robot, as a security guard. Astro can already patrol the ground floor of your home at night, and new buyers also get a free six-month trial of Ring Protect Pro. Now, however, the company is integrating Virtual Security Guard into Astro for small businesses that don’t need a living and breathing security patrol (or can’t afford the expense).

Much like the home-friendly version, Astro will patrol and keep watch over your office (or other stair-free facility). Should the Ring Alarm or any of the sensors detect a malfunction, the system connects to a local surveillance and security company. From there, an operator can take control of Astro and investigate if anything worrisome is going on in the back office.

Like many of Ring’s newest products, this one will initially be tested by a small group of business customers over the coming months.

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