Home security company Arlo highlighted two upcoming products at CES this year, both of which received Smart Home awards at the event. The Essential Indoor camera and the Touchless Video Doorbell are both new product offerings that will be released in the coming months.
Rather than having a visitor stand on a doormet, Arlo’s touchless doorbell uses a proximity sensor to detect someone approaching the doorstep. Once the doorbell spots a visitor, it will sound a chime and shine a light to let the person know that the doorbell has been rung.
The Arlo Video Doorbell was released back in 2019, and is available to buy now for $149.99 / £179.99/ AU$289.99 – but you can often find it for under $100 / £125 / AU$200 during big sales. The Ring Video Doorbell Pro, which matches Arlo in overall design and features, $169.99 / £159 / AU$279.
While the Alarm.com Touchless Video Doorbell might, at first glance, look like a standard smart doorbell, complete with an oval design and a camera lens, a telltale “don’t touch!” icon makes it clear that you won’t need to press any buttons.
Alarm.com’s Touchless Video Doorbell also provides 1080p HDR video resolution, a vertical 150-degree field of vision, two-way audio, infrared night vision, and an onboard heater to keep the doorbell warm in cold conditions.
Arlo says that it designed the Touchless Video Doorbell to allow for interaction with limited communal contact, while also keeping the homeowner’s front entry secured. Additional details on the Essential Indoor Camera and Touchless Video Doorbell will be provided closer to their launch date, which has yet to be shared.
Leveraging precise Proximity Sensing Technology to gauge a visitor’s distance, the Arlo Touchless Video Doorbell zeros in on a visitor’s approach. Once detected, the guest hears an audible chime and sees a visible light, signaling the doorbell has been “pressed” and the homeowner has been alerted – all before they come into physical contact with the device.
he Arlo Essential Wire-Free Video Doorbell was revealed in September – looking exactly the same, and featuring the same feature set, as the wired Arlo Video Doorbell..
That was followed by the launch of the Arlo Essential XL Spotlight Camera, which boosts battery life to a full year.
At the tail-end of last year, the Arlo Pro 4 Wire-Free Spotlight Camera was revealed alongside the Ultra 2 Wire-Free Spotlight Camera.