Smart doorbell startup Skybell claims rival Ring stole its technology

Los Angeles Times

Skybell Technologies, an Irvine smart doorbell startup, has filed a lawsuit claiming its Santa Monica competitor, Ring, copied its technology and is profiting from advertising and marketing techniques rather than innovative software and hardware.


CES 2019: Smart doorbells ring in changes in Las Vegas

BBC News

A number of firms have shown off smart doorbell products at CES, aimed at the growing smart home security market. Amazon-owned Ring's Video Door Cam can be attached via an existing peephole in a door. The firm told the BBC it was aimed at renters who may not be allowed to drill holes in a door. It also has a sensor which notifies you if someone knocks on the door instead of ringing the bell. French firm Netatmo is offering free video storage with its new product.


Netgear's Arlo is launching a smart doorbell

Engadget

Today, Netgear announced that it is launching a Arlo-branded doorbell that works seamlessly with its line of security cameras and security lights. The wire-free Arlo Audio Doorbell can replace your traditional doorbell; every time someone rings the doorbell, the Arlo app will call your smartphone, which allows you to speak to your visitors or send a prerecorded greeting. However, you can also use it as a wireless doorbell. It runs on two AA batteries, and Netgear reports that in testing, these lasted for about a year. If you would prefer a more traditional doorbell experience (and don't want the doorbell constantly calling your phone), Netgear will also offer the Arlo Chime.


Gate Smart Lock review: When smart lock meets camera, homeowners win

PCWorld

As various smart home components become more and more generic, manufacturers have started looking for new tricks to distinguish their products from the rest of the crowd. Here's one idea: Take a key feature from another product category and incorporate it into your gear. Meet Exhibit A: The Gate Smart Lock, billed as the first smart lock with an embedded camera. You can think of Gate as a mashup of a retrofit smart door lock and a video doorbell. As a smart lock, it supports three means of gaining entry: physical key, four-digit PIN, or smartphone app.


August Doorbell Cam Pro 2 review: This is a good-looking video doorbell

PCWorld

If you want to make a bit of a statement at your front door, the August Doorbell Cam Pro 2 will do the job. At just under three inches square and an inch deep (7cm square and 2.5cm deep) and with a large oversized button, it's sure to be noticed by callers.