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Amazon buys smart camera and doorbell startup Blink

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Lori Graves | 26 December, 2017, 02:06

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

In a bid to ramp up its connected home line-up, online giant Amazon has acquired a startup named Blink that builds wireless home monitoring systems, including connected Wi-Fi home security cameras.

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.

Though the financial terms of this acquisition wasn't revealed. Blink's system, though, works with batteries you could pick up at a local corner store.

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After shipping its original camera in January 2016, Blink launched an outdoor camera with night vision capabilities later in the year. Amazon recently announced a delivery service that allows someone to walk into your home to drop off a package. Blink had raised almost $30 million in funding, most recently $3 million in convertible debt this past February, according to VC-research firm PitchBook.

Walmart, meanwhile, is testing a system that would sync up with home security cameras to let delivery workers leave groceries in your home fridge. "We'll continue to operate under the Amazon umbrella", Blink said in a blog post.

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

Blink products are already compatible with Amazon's Echo home assistant, which runs the Alexa voice service powered by Lex, an AWS-hosted deep learning engine for enabling natural language functions. It's Day 1 for us at Amazon, and we're looking forward to seeing what we can deliver to our customers together.

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