Moon smart camera may be a moonshot

For those who follow enough smart home content to have it seared into your social graph on the various platforms, you probably would have seen at least some of the advertising blitz from 1-Ring regarding their new smart home camera, Moon. The ads will lead you to a slick looking product site which describes a truly captivating product. The key gimmick is that it levitates above it's charging base and can rotate 360 degrees in that position. Not only can this rotation be controlled from the inevitable smartphone app, but it uses 2 noise-cancelling microphones to isolate and turn toward sounds. This in conjunction with the included 'HQ speakers' allows it to be used in a conference call scenario, as well as a security camera.

What gets really interesting is all the other stuff that 1-Ring claims to be packing into this device. 

  • Wireless charging
  • Sound recognition (dog bark, baby cry, glass break, etc)
  • IR Blaster to control TVs, aircon and other applicants remotely
  • Z-Wave, ZigBee, and Bluetooth Smart
  • Temperature, Light, Humidity and CO2 sensors
  • Nightvision
  •  'Presence Simulation'
  • Integration with SmartThings, IFTTT, HomeKit, Philips Hue, Fibaro, and Honeywell security products

And if all that is not enough, it comes in three colours to boot. 

At least, it's going to. 

The page is scant on any details beyond the glowing dot points, and there is no information on who 1-Ring actually are. I haven't been able to find any reference to them anywhere, and my request to their press contact for some background has gone unanswered so far. There's also no pricing or release date information being offered up. While the latter is not a deal breaker a this stage, the complete lack of any info about 1-Ring themselves is concerning.

While it sounds like a really compelling product, and I really hope it comes to pass, that lack of detail makes me wonder if it will see the light of day. As the adage goes, "if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is". I hope I'm wrong, but if it does surface, I'm be urging buyer beware.