Ring may be unveiling a brand new smart bulb at CES 2020 after an FCC listing revealed a prototype from the Amazon-owned company.
Already holding a massive share of the video doorbell and smart home security market, the company may be pushing into the smart lighting corner of the market after the ‘Ring Smart Lightbulb (PAR38)’ was discovered in an FCC listing.
Video doorbell and smart light hybrids are nothing new, with many of ARLO’s smart camera offerings featuring spotlights of some kind and even some Ring products having built-in floodlights.
What Ring seems to be doing is incorporating a camera within the actual lightbulb itself.
The uncovered design features what looks like an E27 fitting.
It comes as privacy concerns mount on the surveillance company following internal documents revealing a proposal to use facial recognition software with the cameras to generate neighbourhood watch lists.
Reported by The Intercept, Ring contested the findings stating that no feature as the one described exists.
‘Ring does not use facial recognition technology’.
Ring does use light technology though having already acquired a smart lighting company in 2017 before the over $1 billion Amazon acquisition
At the time, Amazon was excited to work with Ring and ‘help them in their mission to keep homes safe and secure’.
Ring will more than likely unveil this among other new products at CES 2020 in Vegas.