It’s about freaking time. Often when we search for a home tech product, nothing pops up that looks good (or gets good reviews). That’s been my experience when searching for home security, more specifically, video cameras at the entryway. I know some of my neighbors have spent thousands of dollars on a whole home security package just so they can see a person at their front door. If they were patient, they could have saved a lot of money by trying out this $200 doorbell.
The SkyBell is a smart video doorbell that you answer with your smartphone. There’s a a video camera, exclusive motion sensor, microphone and a speaker all encased in a small (< 3") doorbell-sized disc. It has to be connected to a wired, mechanical doorbell chime, and you'll need to connect to your home's Wi-Fi network, of course. When someone rings the bell, live video feed is sent to your smartphone and you're able to see and talk to whomever is at your door. The motion sensor detects sneaky visitors even when they don't ring the bell, thus alerting you to any potential prowlers. Installation appears to be pretty simple, too. Looks promising enough that I might just try it out, and then tell all my neighbors.
Also available from Amazon.Available from Skybell, $199.00.