Amazon purchases smart security camera company Blink

26 December, 2017, 02:05 | Author: Randy Kelley
  • Amazon buys smart camera and doorbell startup Blink

(Blink just so happened to announce a video-enabled doorbell earlier this week.) In October, Amazon introduced Amazon Key, a program for Prime members that starts at $250 to give home access to authorized delivery workers.

In a bid to ramp up its connected home line-up, online giant Amazon has acquired a startup named Blink that builds wireless home monitoring systems, including connected Wi-Fi home security cameras.

Blink announced the acquisition on its blog and didn't disclose the deal price. Blink's system, though, works with batteries you could pick up at a local corner store.

"As one of [Blink's] distributors, we already know customers love their home security cameras and monitoring systems", an Amazon spokesperson said.

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After shipping its original camera in January 2016, Blink launched an outdoor camera with night vision capabilities later in the year. The video door-bell that costs $99 also comes in battery powered. That service requires cameras, and while Amazon already launched one of its own, it just bought several more. It also launched a new Amazon Key service for people in some U.S. cities to allow a door to be unlocked when they're not home so packages can be left inside.

For Blink customers, changes doesn't seem to be coming immediately. "We'll continue to operate under the Amazon umbrella selling and supporting the same great products you know and love", read the Blink website Friday.

Amazon thrush into connected home devices that began in 2014 with its device "Echo", the smart speaker those banks on voice recognition for answering questions and to perform things like ordering Uber rides.

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