Ring's journey to the center of the smart home
Tech is currently reckoning with its role in the real world, and what happens when our digital and physical lives collide. Jamie Siminoff, the founder and CEO of Ring, has been thinking about that for a decade. Ring has spent the last few years trying to figure out how to balance privacy and safety, what it takes to make people feel comfortable putting tech in their homes (or with the tech their neighbors may have installed), and what it means to be a good citizen. After some high-profile issues and a lot of scrutiny about its policies, Siminoff and Ring have spent the last couple of years rethinking all of their ideas.
Ring recently announced a number of new products, including the Alarm Pro security system that includes internet backup and a smart-home hub, and the Always Home Cam, a drone designed to fly around your house and keep an eye on things. Those products represent some of Ring’s most ambitious work yet, as it tries to both define and refine what home security means.
Siminoff joined the Source Code podcast to discuss Ring’s new products, how his thinking on security and privacy have evolved, why a drone might actually be less intrusive than your average security camera, and what it took for Ring to force all its users to turn on two-factor authentication. Oh, and why it’s so hard for a computer to tell the difference between a dog and an intruder.
For more on the topics discussed in this episode:
- Jamie Siminoff on Twitter
- Ring Always Home Cam, an Indoor Flying Camera
- Ring Alarm Pro
- We Tested Ring’s Security. It’s Awful — Vice
- At Ring’s R&D Team, Security Gaps and Rookie Engineers — The Information
- Ring’s Services Have Not Been Compromised – Here’s What You Need to Know — Ring
- How Public Safety Agencies Use Neighbors — Ring
- A Dad Is Suing Amazon's Ring Because He Says A Hacker Terrified His Kids — BuzzFeed
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