Amazon just acquired smart home startup Blink

26 December, 2017, 02:03 | Author: Boyd Miller
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It should come as no surprise to when you hear that Amazon has bought out a startup, Blink, that focuses on smart cameras and doorbells. On Friday, the company topped that news with word that it has been acquired by Amazon. As of writing, Amazon hasn't issued a press release on the matter.

The acquisition was announced on Blink's website, and although it hasn't been disclosed how much money Amazon paid for Blink, the fact that it's already been acquired just three years after launching its Kickstarter is mighty impressive.

Blink first broke cover back in 2014, then the following year announced a crowdfunding campaign aiming to raise $200k for its entirely wire-free security camera. Blink's system, though, works with batteries you could pick up at a local corner store.

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On Thursday, Blink said that it would continue operating as a part of Amazon and will be selling the same products that it already does. 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. It's Day 1 for us at Amazon, and we're looking forward to seeing what we can deliver to our customers together.

Walmart, meanwhile, is testing a system that would sync up with home security cameras to let delivery workers leave groceries in your home fridge.

For the time being, all of these products remain under the Blink brand and aren't integrated with Amazon's many services (though they do support Alexa), which their possible integration with the home delivery system is just speculation for the time being.

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