Amazon Acquires Blink, a Connected Camera Maker

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Blink is best known for its wireless security cameras which originally launched on Kickstarter before quickly receiving over $1 million in funding.

With Blink, Amazon looks to become more competitive in a consumer market that's seeing a nexus with enterprise IoT products through cloud-based artificial intelligence backends.

Home security provider Blink earlier this week announced a new wireless doorbell that'll debut at CES next month.

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Financial terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. Blink's system, though, works with batteries you could pick up at a local corner store. Unlike rival systems that require a wired power connection, or the few battery-powered cameras already on the market which generally had relatively short battery life, Blink's promised more than a year of home monitoring from a single charge.

Amazon thrush into connected home devices that began in 2014 with its device "Echo", the smart speaker those banks on voice recognition for answering questions and to perform things like ordering Uber rides. Amazon recently announced a delivery service that allows someone to walk into your home to drop off a package.

Blink, for its part, said in a statement on its site that nothing is changing about the company's day-to-day operations, although it's likely that state of affairs won't last much longer. We'll continue to operate under the Amazon umbrella selling and supporting the same great products you know and love. "It's Day 1 for us at Amazon, and we're looking forward to seeing what we can deliver to our customers together", reads the press release from Blink.

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