back to article Never mind SETI and NASA, if your Ring somehow snaps ET, Amazon might give you $1M

Amazon is back with a cheeky way to normalize the privacy conundrum that are Ring doorbell cameras - a $1 million prize for anyone able snap "scientific evidence" of extraterrestrials using one of its porch cams. The Ring Million Dollar Sighting publicity stunt, er, contest is open between now and November, and Amazon has even …

  1. Dizzy Dwarf

    Sorry but ... mobile phones have decent cameras.

    And everyone has one. If ET was flying around in his UFO, there would be plenty of footage.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Sorry but ... mobile phones have decent cameras.

      Applies here.

  2. Tron Silver badge

    What do I get for snapping the tooth fairy?

    There are no aliens here, just as there are no honest politicians. Get over it.

    1. b0llchit Silver badge

      Re: What do I get for snapping the tooth fairy?

      Oh yes there are. Take for example Alpha Centauri. We, the local group council, have been waiting 50 years for someone to visit our planning office.

      1. Kane

        Re: What do I get for snapping the tooth fairy?

        What do you mean you’ve never been to Alpha Centauri? Oh, for heaven’s sake, mankind, it’s only four light years away, you know. I’m sorry, but if you can’t be bothered to take an interest in local affairs, that’s your own lookout. Energize the demolition beams.

    2. NoneSuch Silver badge

      Re: What do I get for snapping the tooth fairy?

      I snapped my tooth last week on a chicken bone. That's no reason to call me a fairy...

  3. DS999 Silver badge

    I wonder how many submissions they'll get

    From people with too much time on their hands cooking up a hoax to send them?

  4. Neil Barnes Silver badge

    snap "scientific evidence" of extraterrestrials

    Well they're safe with their million then, aren't they?

    'Evidence' from a network connected camera, in a world which has so-called AI picture creation/modification? That ship has sailed/that genie is out of the bottle [delete as appropriate].

  5. Phil E Succour

    I’m disappointed…

    You’ve got "ring" and "ET" in that headline, but missed the opportunity to slip in "Uranus".

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: I’m disappointed…

      I, for one, don't want to slip in Uranus though I'm sure there are plenty of apps where you can find someone who does.

  6. Phil O'Sophical Silver badge

    Doorbell camera

    showing unusual, extraordinary or unexplainable behavior

    Three weeks before Halloween? What are the odds...

    1. TheMaskedMan Silver badge

      Re: Doorbell camera

      "showing unusual, extraordinary or unexplainable behavior"

      Will they accept a Hermes courier delivering the right parcel to the right address on the right day? UFO is more likely, I think...

    2. xyz Silver badge

      Re: Doorbell camera

      exhibit "unusual, extraordinary or unexplainable behavior"

      Err....that would be me, on a Friday night, about 6 pints down.

  7. Filippo Silver badge

    This is a fairly convoluted way of saying "Amazon announces ET-themed Photoshop contest, first prize 1 M$".

  8. Howard Sway Silver badge

    The contest website appears to be down as of writing

    Brilliant. Launch a fun competition to promote your cloud connected doorbell cam and end up advertising how unreliable your cloud servers are.

    Unless of course the aliens remotely disabled the server to prevent their presence being detected............

    "Your puny IoT doorbells are no match for our quantum server password crackers!"

  9. RobThBay

    Just in time for Halloween.

    Talk about good timing.

  10. MachDiamond Silver badge

    While we analyze your claim....

    fill out these forms. It's just standard stuff, assignment of copyright, NDA, non-disparagement, indemnity clauses... all completely standard, just sign at the bottom.

    1. Andy Non Silver badge

      Re: While we analyze your claim....

      Just bear with me for a moment while I put on dark sunglasses; I'd like you to look at this bright light. <flash> You didn't see anything abnormal, definitely no aliens, you will now go about your daily life as normal.

  11. Andy Non Silver badge

    Aliens ringing the door bell

    Hello human, we are here to tell you the good news about our lord and saviour the 9 tentacled green one...

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Aliens ringing the door bell

      9? 9?!!!


  12. Conundrum1885

    Got some footage here

    Taken on a Canon 500D around 2006 IIRC, but clearly shows something that had no business flying around during a thunderstorm.

    Looked like a ball of sparks and appeared to be feeding off the lightning.

    Very strange!

    I've still got the camera here if someone wants to try and reconstruct the image using dark field extrapolation.

    1. Brewster's Angle Grinder Silver badge

      Re: Got some footage here

      Something like this?

      It would seem reasonable to think a plasma ball would be charged and attracted to the ionised path of lightening. I'm sure researchers would like to see your footage. But which ones, I don't know.

  13. harmjschoonhoven

    Knock, knock

    A meteorite knocking at your door, does that count?

  14. Sleep deprived

    Does the Ring need to be attached to a door frame?

    Maybe I have more chances of snapping a UFO using a Ring as a dashcam. Or mounted to my handlebars.

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