Written by Pete Morano on December 14, 2012
Categories: Blog Posts

With DoorBot, you’ll be able to take your front door with you — wherever you may be. DoorBot is a wireless doorbell that lets you see, hear and speak with the person who rings your doorbell. The device replaces a standard doorbell with a ringer button, a camera and a speaker. The bot connects wirelessly to your home network and sends audio and video of the visitor to a mobile app each time someone rings.

If you’re away, you can tell a delivery person that it’s okay leave a package or tell the pizza guy that you’ll be home in just a minute. If you are at home, you no longer have to be interrupted to go find out who is at the door. Whether you’re lounging by the pool or working in the yard, DoorBot can bring the front door to you. Even in you’re a thousand miles away, you can talk with the person visiting you.

The device is weather resistant with a brushed aluminum faceplate and an LED-lighted ring that emphasizes the push-to-talk button. The camera uses infrared technology to provide a clear video of visitors, even in the dark.

With the increasing use of mobile devices, the inventors at Edison Junior wanted to give people a way to stay connected to their homes. According to the developers, 91% of people already keep their smartphone within 3 feet, 24 hours a day, which makes it the perfect device for monitoring the front door.

“As our lifestyles have become more connected, we realize the places that matter most to people — our homes — were being overlooked,” said Chief Inventor Jamie Siminoff.

The DoorBot is designed to work with the Lockitron, a device that fits over the deadbolt and lets you lock or unlock the front door from anywhere. So if someone rings the doorbell who needs to get into the house, you can add the Lockitron controls to the DoorBot app and authorize them to enter your house.

The device is installed with four screws and comes with an included mounting bracket for easy installation. The developers say that the technology to power the video camera, microphone and Wi-Fi connectivity are high efficiency, and its 4 AA batteries need to be changed about once a year.

DoorBot is compatible with iPhone, iPad and Android devices and can sync with multiple smartphones and tablets.

The project is currently on the crowdfunding site Christie Street and with more than a month to go, it still needs to raise more than 75% of the cost to produce. To price to back the DoorBot is $169 and $319 for the DoorBot with Lockitron.

Where do you see the future of audio and video streaming technology? Share your thoughts.