Amazon acquires wireless security camera startup

Amazon buys smart camera and doorbell startup Blink

Amazon buys Blink wire-free connected camera startup

Notably, Amazon appears to have cut off SmartThings support with its acquisition of Blink.

Highlighting its growing ambitions in Internet-connected home devices, Amazon has acquired wireless security camera startup Blink.

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Amazon told CNBC, "As one of their distributors, we already know customers love their home security cameras and monitoring systems". The campaign was a success, with Blink raising five times the amount it initially targeted.

As with any new technology, the key question is whether people will accept it. Blink has obviously tried to brand its wireless security cameras as friendly and comforting, rather than another intrusion into our private lives. Again, while it's not the first video doorbell system, it distinguishes itself by its ease of installation given there are no cables or wires to accommodate. Financial terms of the deal have not been revealed. The video door-bell that costs $99 also comes in battery powered.

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Amazon unveiled its own Cloud Cam security camera in the fall. Delivery workers receive a one-time use code to unlock the door, then simply place the package inside and leave.

For Blink customers, changes doesn't seem to be coming immediately. "We'll continue to operate under the Amazon umbrella", Blink said in a blog post. (Blink says, "If you own one of our systems, nothing changes for now", and that it'll continue "selling and supporting" the same products.) But it's easy to see how this will all eventually fit into Amazon's delivery and smart home story. "We're excited to welcome their team and invent together on behalf of customers".

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