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We’ll take any form of communication we can get these days, whether that’s smiling at someone as we pass them (at a distance) in the supermarket or waving frantically from our bedroom window as a friend walks past.
But what about if your loved one could come right up to your door and you could see them, and interact with them, from your sofa?
Well, a smart doorbell means that you can.
This clever device works with selected Alexa devices to launch real-time video with your voice and lets you see, hear, and speak to visitors from your phone, tablet, and PC.
You'll get a notification when movement is detected or when visitors press the doorbell
And not only does it offer connection with family and friends in the short term, it offers ease in the long run.
Buy it: Ring Video Doorbell | £89 from Amazon
The doorbell lets you check-in on your property at any time with Live View, real-time video.
This means that you can decide whether or not you need to get up for the doorbell from your bed, direct the postman as to where to store your parcel while you’re away on holiday, and keep watch over your safety without having to ever open the door.
The savvy doorbell has almost 4,000 reviews on the online shopping website, with most people raving about their love of the product.
“Great device with very clear images,” one wrote, while another added: “I bought this for a different use my mum is unwell and not able to dial the phone I missed her phoning me when I can't be there so I got her this She just presses the button and she can speak to me.”
This seems like a better use of money than the ‘crochet for beginners’ kit we ordered at the beginning of lockdown and have yet to open.