Far more stuff gets delivered to our homes these days than ever before. And inevitably, the ring on the doorbell always comes while we’re at work. Cue all the hassle of organising redelivery or picking up packages from the post office or a not-so-local collection depot.
What we all need, then, is a doorbell with, well, rather more metaphorical bells on. And this, from EZViz, a Chinese company getting big in doorbells, is one such. The EZViz DP1 is a smart door viewer that combines the functions of a traditional peephole, a video camera, a bell-push and a chime. A Consumer Electronics Show 2018 Innovation Awards Honoree, no less, the DP1 has a 4.3in LCD touchscreen that is mounted inside the door and a 124-degree HD wide-angle lens in the peephole, allowing you to see clearly on the screen who’s at the door. All of which is great, but the best bit is that even if you’re not in, your phone will alert you that someone’s ringing the bell and you can talk to them directly – so if it’s a parcel courier, you can tell them the safest place to leave the package. There’s also a smartphone alert when the device detects someone at your door, even if they haven’t rung – it has night vision too. A ringing endorsement from moi. Professional installation is probably needed, but it’s not actually too hard.