I believe that the future is in some form of AI. I’m not speaking AI in terms of true AI, just AI in terms of a system that is smart enough to, regarding a security system made up of cameras or a smart doorbell, identify people and even greet them and such. I don’t think it’d be too difficult.
One of the awesome things about Blink right now is that it’a almost like “cutting the cord” regarding cable. Just like not having to pay for 800 channels when you only watch 20, no more sub fees for people who just don’t need ultra in depth, 24/7 monitoring.
Now of course, you could go the route that gives people more options for using the system, but a battery operated camera is really only going to go so far.
I believe the next step for Blink should be “smartening up” the product and software.
As an example, facial recognition is a big deal. I believe that this paired with some sort of speech system could give the doorbell and cameras a boost in terms of functionality. I won’t shy away from competitive products - this idea is very vaguely implemented by a product name Belle by another company. It’s supposedly an AI doorbell and I think the idea is very next step.
If I were to think up the perfect doorbell for me, this is what it is and could do (and some specs):
I’d want it to be able to greet people accurately, something determined by proximity, depth perception and voice training (if you’re an owner or occupant of the household). So when someone got close enough, even without touching it, it’d activate and say, “Hey there! I’m this home’s guardian, could you take a moment to identify yourself please?” - This is of course, if it doesn’t already recognize who it’s seeing. The system should be able to “read” uniforms to determine a carrier if possible. If the person says, yes or sure then “Thanks! Please look at me (or the white ring) for a few seconds and say your name or your company’s name”. Sam or UPS. “Thanks Sam, are you here to see the owner or leave a package?” Leave a package. “Alright, I’ve already contacted the owner, go ahead and leave the package on the floor, thanks!”. Now of course there are hundreds of different ways to go about this. Some carriers just come and drop the package and leave anyway. If that happens, the system will just try to determine what’s going on. Likewise, the system should immediately be able to determine suspicious folks. For example if someone comes to the door in a hoodie or mask “I am this home’s guardian, immediately remove the object obstructing your face, you have 10 seconds to comply before I sound and alarm”. Of course, you can disable something like this during Halloween or certain large sporting event days. Let’s say Sam comes back to deliver another package. “Hey there, Sam!, welcome back. Would you like me to contact the owner for a signature or are you just dropping off a package?” Just dropping “Ok, you know what to do, thanks!”. Of course if you have a smart door lock, the system would be able to prompt to unlock the door for folks living/visiting etc.
There’s much more to be said, but you get the drift. I think AI or smarter tech should ultimately be the next step because that’s where the future is headed. More and more people are getting used to “speaking” to their product to get a desired response. If you’re going to be in the business of home security, then making it smart as the next level would include something with Alexa or Google Assistant type abilities + the visual side of that, identifying by face as well.
Will be back to edit this later if I can, I’ve run out of time. So far I really love the idea of what Blink is doing. I’ve been interested and lurking for quite some time and finally decided to buy a system so I’d love to see certain things implemented or done in the future, as generally when I choose to invest in a brand I try to stick with that brand.