Arlo has a touchless doorbell, too — can’t we just update existing ones to do this?

Arlo has a touchless doorbell, too — can’t we just update existing ones to do this?


No, not like this. (This is Arlo’s previous doorbell.) | Image: Arlo

“Finally, a doorbell for the pandemic era,” we remarked, as Alarm.com introduced its sub-$200 Touchless Video Doorbell yesterday. But what was once a curiosity has now become a trend: Netgear spinoff Arlo has its own Touchless Video Doorbell, right down to the same product name.

Arlo doesn’t have a price, release date, or even a picture of the new doorbell, which got me to thinking: why does it need to be any different than the doorbells that Arlo (and Google’s Nest and Amazon’s Ring, etc.) already offer today?

Here’s how Arlo describes the idea:

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…

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