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Dec
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I have a confession to make: I'm usually not a big fan of anything I see as a "novelty" product. Sure, there are cool ideas, but I'm all about usefulness. Things that make life easier, more convenient, or just generally better. I think the DoorBot is one of those things.

The DoorBot, in short, is a W-Fi doorbell with one-way video and two-way chat. Here's how it works: someone rings your doorbell, which notifies you on your phone. You answer it like a call, thus activating the DoorBot's camera so you can see who's there. Then you're free to talk back and forth. Neat, right? Here's my favorite part: it even works when you're not home! That way, if anyone shows up at your door while you're away, you can easily see who it is and find out what they want. That's just convenient.

Not only that, but it also has built-in Lockitron support. So if you need to let someone in, a simple button tap unlocks the door - no matter where you are.

So, where can you get one? Here's thing - you can't... yet. Like so many things these days, DoorBot is a crowdfunded project; thus, they're looking for your support to make it happen. If that's something you wouldn't mind backing, head to the source link to make it happen.

Christie Street (Edison Junior)

[via Engadget]

Cameron Summerson
Cameron is a self-made geek, Android enthusiast, horror movie fanatic, musician, and cyclist. When he's not pounding keys here at AP, you can find him spending time with his wife and kids, plucking away on the 6-string, spinning on the streets, or watching The Texas Chainsaw Massacre on repeat.

  • Chris Bozsik

    Wait... why aren't they just using Kickstarter?

  • Rob H.

    Freaking Neat! The 21st century door bell.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Minh-Nguyen/1401011309 Minh Nguyen

    Wait till someone unscrew it and walks away with it.

    • Ryan Stuckmaier

      I think a peephole mount would make more sense, even with a separate doorbell. Also, why no option to hard wire? I mean, I'm sure it can be hacked with a ~6v dc adapter but there should be an option from the start.

  • Chris Bozsik

    Oh, I should also point out that this wouldn't be much use for directing Fedex, UPS ect. since they never ring the doorbell anyways (in my experience).

    • Josh Flowers

      agreed. those guys are like ninjas. i hear the truck as they're driving away--already having hung a "just missed you" slip in the door like a sneaky restaurant owner.

  • http://twitter.com/navjotbatra Navjot

    They showed iPhones in the video, are they planning on supporting Android?

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Cameron Summerson

      It already supports Android according to the project page.

  • spydie

    how are they funding this without kickstarter? talk about shooting yourself in the foot.

  • mckinley120

    second home? in this economy?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=667020551 Jose Torres

    They offer this and lockitron as a bundle for $29 cheaper than purchased separately. Now if they can throw in a Nest Thermostat...

  • http://twitter.com/nevetsg nevetsg

    They really need to change the snapshot of that Youtube video.

  • Guest

    something expensive for a thief to put a hammer through. if he wants to get in, he is GOING to get in.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      I am pretty sure protection against thieves is not in the top 10 usage scenarios for this thing.

    • http://twitter.com/PCSievers P.C. Sievers

      No one has ever designed a lock to stop a guy with a hammer. They are all just deterrents and token resistance against opportunists.

      • trjcasper

        Even if the lock was effective defense from the hammer, the door itself, door jam, windows etc. All provide easy ways in despite the hammer proof lock.

      • itznfb

        There is actually a large selection of security doors at any hardware store that you can't break into with standard tools... such as a hammer or pry-bar.

  • Jav11 .

    lockitron can be hacked from other phone.the next will be wireless doors.

  • Daniel Wiggins

    I could implement this with an old android phone and some creative wiring/programing. I actually had an idea for this a while ago, but it takes me quite a while to get started on any idea... lol

  • Samvith V Rao

    Oh cool! I cant wait for my neighbour to get one so I can get 4 free AA batteries ;)

    Jokes apart, I really dig this.

    • fixxmyhead

      u know they cost 1$ at the dollar store.

  • http://www.facebook.com/jimbobTX Jim Roth

    Well, thanks for that big, stinkin' tease. I'm still waiting for my Pebble watch...

    • spydie

      And I'm still waiting for my Touch Time watch

      • itznfb

        And I'm still waiting for my flying car.

  • Matt

    sounds like a pretty cool project, def something i would buy

  • Freak4Dell

    Pretty cool, and the price isn't all that bad for what it does. Plus, it actually looks pretty decent, minus the silly logo on the front. The biggest reason I wouldn't ever get a Lockitron is because it looks like a child's toy is glued to my door.

  • http://codytoombs.wordpress.com/ Cody Toombs

    It's far from being an original idea, but it's the first one I've seen that looks like a credible effort with a (mostly) all-in-one solution. I really want something like this for my own home, but slightly different. When done right, and securely, this is a great way to solve a ton of little use cases that just can't be done well otherwise.

    I kinda had to comment on the utility worker towards the end. The guy is clearly talking to the camera as if he's talking to a real person. I've done eye-tracking studies in the past and people never do that if they aren't completely aware that somebody else is looking at them through the camera. I'm not really complaining and it doesn't bug me, it's just one of those things that I'm compelled to point out.