Eufy Security announces a new doorbell camera that also serves as a smart lock

Anker smart home brand Eufy Security today launched its latest product on Kickstarter. The $399 from Eufy Security Video Smart Lock A video doorbell and smart lock in one, it’s expected to ship to backers in May 2022, with a public release in June. The somewhat unique two-in-one security device uses a fingerprint reader to unlock the door and can send alerts when specific people arrive or leave using facial recognition, according to the company.

An obvious fusion of Eufy’s $260 from Eufy Smart Lock Touch & WiFi and 200 dollars Eufy Video Doorbell 2K. Video doorbell from EufyVideo Smart Lock offers a little bargain compared to bombarding two devices, but there are obvious issues with a dual product here.

For starters, most people struggle with using a video doorbell, often not realizing that they are supposed to press the camera somewhere to alert the owner that someone is at the door. With this product, the doorbell button is on the door lock, where the key usually goes. This is likely to cause confusion.

Plus, you can’t angle the door lock to get a better view of your balcony, and in my experience the main contender in this space – $399 for Lockly Vision – The view you get from the camera in the door lock is only useful for seeing people, not packages.

Video Smart Lock uses a rechargeable battery and comes with an additional ring.
Photo: Eufy Security

There is also no mention of the expected battery life. Running both the door lock and the security camera over Wi-Fi would be a serious drain. As with Eufy’s current door lock, the smart video lock will be powered by a 10,000mAh rechargeable lithium battery, but how long that lasts, we’ll have to wait and see.

But Eufy is nothing if not innovative – cutting edge The free standing doorbell camera features two lenses for up and down view. Therefore, the company will likely have a few tricks up its sleeve for better viewing angles and longer battery life.

Currently, available details show that the video doorbell part will feature a 2K camera with night vision, a 160-degree field of view, a rectangular 4:3 aspect ratio, as well as a speaker and microphone for two-way talk. Motion detection is enabled by both PiR and radar and Eufy’s AI “Human Detection” must filter out alerts caused by cars, trees and animals.

The lock will be operated by a fingerprint reader or keypad and will include the app and voice control. There is no physical key lock like in other lock. It can also auto lock.

Video Smart Lock has a fingerprint reader that can recognize your fingerprints to unlock them faster.
Photo: Eufy Security

The company also claims that fingerprint recognition in this lock will be much improved compared to its current option (which I tested and found very reliable), recognize your fingerprint in less than 0.3 seconds and use AI to learn your family’s fingerprints faster. reaction time.

There is no fee required to view the footage recorded from the doorbell; As with all Eufy camera products, recordings are stored locally. There’s no mention of compatibility with Eufy’s Home Base 2, so it looks like this wouldn’t be a requirement (which is for the Eufy Dual doorbell). The lock is supposed to work directly over Wi-Fi and store footage on the device (we’ve reached out to Eufy for clarification).

As a battery-powered doorbell, it won’t work with your current doorbell, but the Eufy includes a plug-in digital chime.

The company launched the product on Kickstarter today, a launch strategy it has used in the past. The Super Bird Special is $199 For the first 2,000 boosters, which is half the expected launch price of $399. It will be available on Amazon and Eufy Specials in June.

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