Amazon acquires smart home camera maker Blink
Amazon is doing great lately so their latest acquisition is not a surprise. Blink is a young startup that makes affordable smart home accessories, so we should expect for Amazon to expand its ecosystem with their help in the years to come.
Founded in 2014 via a successful US$1 million crowdfunding campaign, Blink currently manufactures a weatherproof camera, an indoor camera with a two-year battery life, a video doorbell, as well as various accessories for these products. All these products reached the market in 2016, after about two years of development and rigorous testing.
The Blink camera system was already capable of connecting to Amazon Alexa-enabled devices for voice commands before the acquisition, and this was probably one of the main reasons for the acquisition. Even more, any Blink security camera system can interact with SmartThings, Philips Hue, and other smart home products.
According to the official blog post by Blink that revealed the news, "nothing changes for now. We’ll continue to operate under the Amazon umbrella selling and supporting the same great products you know and love." Sooner or later, the Blink brand might be engulfed by Amazon's ever-expanding portfolio of products, but there is nothing else we could say about it for now without going way too far in the "I think that something might happen one day, but I don't have a clue about what, when, or how" land.