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Amazon buys Blink wire-free connected camera startup

Amazon buys Blink wire-free connected camera startup

No financial details about the acquisition have been disclosed. After a successful Kickstarter campaign, Blink followed up this initial release with more advanced security cameras and even a smart video doorbell. Its devices run on AA lithium batteries and are created to go anywhere from outside a home to the kitchen counter.

Further cameras followed, most recently the Blink Video Doorbell which was announced earlier in December.

The agreement that got announced on Friday, gives Amazon a growing star in the emanating and immensely competitive field of connected home devices that consists the Nest of Alphabet. "We're excited to welcome their team and invent together on behalf of customers". It's doing this with Alexa, its voice-enabled personal assistant; Amazon Go, a largely automated convenience store; and Amazon Lockers, which the company is installing in apartment buildings and stores to help people receive and return Amazon.com purchases.

Home delivery has in recent years become commoditized, so that we now set our expectations in hours rather than days.

Man with knife shot at Schiphol airport, taken into custody
People at the airport were terrified when they realized what was going on, an Amsterdam resident called Tobias told the Telegraaf. Officers at Schiphol Airport in the Netherlands shot the man in the leg and arrested him before transporting him to hospital.

Amazon has reportedly been in talks with Phrame, a maker of smart license plates, that would let it leave packages inside a vehicle trunk.

Also, it will be a wire-free design, which means it won't have to replace a pre-existing wired doorbell. In a post on its website, Blink has stated that nothing will change for its users and the company will continue to operate and support its products as usual. Preliminary reviews are mixed. The Key service comes along with Amazon's Cloud Cam, which "acts as the brains for a smart lock, allowing Amazon to decide when it should open your house for a delivery", according to an article in The Verge.

Yet another player in video doorbells, Blink will be expanding on their product line with a video doorbell solution similar to that of other companies like Ring (which we have a story coming soon about) and Zmodo's Ding.

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