Amazon acquires wireless security camera company

Amazon acquires wireless security camera company

Blink's products include the recently announced Blink Video Doorbell, which requires no wires or cables so is easier to install than competitors and retails for $99.

Amazon's smart home ambitions continue to expand today with the acquisition of Blink, a startup behind battery-powered connected cameras and doorbells.

Blink is best known for its wireless security cameras which originally launched on Kickstarter before quickly receiving over $1 million in funding. The campaign was a success, with Blink raising five times the amount it initially targeted. -- Blink now makes an indoor camera and outdoor camera.

It's not hard to see, therefore, why Amazon might have been interested. Financial terms of the acquisition were not disclosed, and Amazon did not reply to an AFP inquiry.

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. It also launched a new Amazon Key service for people in some USA cities to allow a door to be unlocked when they're not home so packages can be left inside. The installation of connected devices needed on top of that trust only adds a further hurdle. Blink was set up by Immedia, which develops chips for image processing and video compression, along with more affordable noise reduction. "We'll continue to operate under the Amazon umbrella", Blink said in a blog post. "We're excited to welcome their team and invent together on behalf of customers".

"If you own one of our systems, nothing changes for now", the statement read.

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