The doorbell is probably the last appliance to get in on the Internet of Things action, and to-be-honest it’s the only thing that might actually benefit from it. It addresses an actual problem – not being home when someone comes calling.
Ding is quite simply an intercom that connects to your phone. It’s a long evolution from its ugly and clunky predecessor we’ve all been so unwelcomed by, and its design has been led by one of my favourite product design companies – Map.
The bell is weather resistant and holds a charge for 3600 minutes of call time, which is around 6 months. The speaker has noise cancellation and features full-duplex audio (which just means it receives and sends audio simultaneously like a mobile phone). The indoor speaker has a gorgeous fabric cover and allows the chimes to be custimised. Connecting to Ding with the app lets you answer the doorbell from anywhere in the world. It also has some snazzy features such as the ability to set a quiet time and display bell analytics.
Duo John Nussey and Avril O’Neil are behind its conception. Both are experienced in design and technology, having worked for over 10 years together producing prototypes and interactive installations for artists and museums. John is an Arduino early adopter and wrote Arduino For Dummies. Avril is a designer who has taught at universities such as Goldsmiths and Central Saint Martins.
Ding is looking for $50,000 on Kickstarter. They’ve already reached their goal – so back them now.