Amazon buys Blink wire-free connected camera startup

Posted December 26, 2017

Amazon's smart home ambitions continue to expand today with the acquisition of Blink, a startup behind battery-powered connected cameras and doorbells. On Friday, the company topped that news with word that it has been acquired by Amazon.

While Blink's tech isn't necessarily that exciting - though there's a good price and convenience to it all - the big story here is how it fits into Amazon. As of writing, Amazon hasn't issued a press release on the matter. Financial terms of the deal have not been disclosed at this stage, but the retailer is making a serious push into smart home and connected security products.

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"Since launching in early 2016, we've been thrilled by your response to our ultra-affordable, truly wire-free video home security cameras and monitoring systems", the announcement read. Blink's system, though, works with batteries you could pick up at a local corner store.

The deal for Blink comes a few weeks after Amazon Web Services revealed DeepLens, a wireless video camera integrated with deep learning hardware and tools.

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Amazon had recently announced a delivery service where packages can be dropped off inside of homes, a service that requires security cameras. It also launched a new Amazon Key service for people in some United States cities to allow a door to be unlocked when they're not home so packages can be left inside. "We'll continue to operate under the Amazon umbrella", Blink said in a blog post. It's Day 1 for us at Amazon, and we're looking forward to seeing what we can deliver to our customers together. The company manufacturers products that are compatible with Amazon's smart home line, Echo.

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