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Amazon purchases smart security camera company Blink

26 December 2017, 01:52 | Yvette Williams

Amazon purchases smart security camera company Blink

Amazon buys smart camera and doorbell startup Blink

Ecommerce giant Amazon has acquired Blink, a startup company that makes wireless home-security cameras. We reviewed the camera a year ago, and while its ability to be powered with only AA batteries and low price made it an interesting proposition, the poor camera quality and lack of night vision hurt its usability.

Blink announced on its website Friday it was being acquired by the Seattle e-commerce giant. That means there's no complicated rewiring to speak of, nor is there much of a limit in terms of where you can mount one. They said that they will continue to operate and support their products "under the new Amazon umbrella". "We're excited to welcome their team and invent together on behalf of customers". Amazon recently stretched its delivery arm inside homes with the debut of a smart lock and camera combination that also signalled a move into home security. No financial details about the acquisition have been disclosed.

Amazon said in an email statement that "customers love their home security cameras and monitoring systems".

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Assumedly, Amazon will use Blink's cameras in conjunction with its Key service for Amazon Prime members, which allows deliveries within people's homes when they aren't there.

A Cloud Cam providing a view of the inside entryway goes into action when doors are unlocked, recording a delivery.

USA retail giant and staunch Amazon rival Walmart late this year began testing its own in-home delivery in collaboration with a company specializing in smart cameras, doorbells, and locks.



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