Much like everything else in your residence, doorbells have received the smart home treatment in recent years. But those camera-connected models won’t necessarily fit everyone’s needs. The Ding smart doorbell hopes to fill the gap between old school and overpowering. It just hit Kickstarter this week with a simple design and a $129 price tag. If all goes to plan, Ding will ship late next summer.

So why is it notable? Ding is a subtle three-piece system that consists of the doorbell, a fabric-covered chime and a free smartphone app. It has helpful features like the ability to converse with someone at your door via your iPhone or Android device. The chime can be configured to ring at different noise levels or you can schedule quiet hours where only your phone rings. My favorite part is its minimal design that doesn’t scream technology but also has a modern look. It’s available for pre-order today if you’re interested.

At Ding we want to give your doorbell some love and also think about what more it can do for you. We believe that you need a doorbell to be:

  • simple, that doesn’t need a lengthy user manual to setup or use.
  • beautiful, because you’ve already spent a month picking out paint colours.
  • smart, because the rest of your life is already on your phone.

Source: Kickstarter

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