Home security company "Blink" was founded in 2014, and now sells a small connected security camera and a connected doorbell.
In a surprise announcement, especially considering many companies are off for the holidays, Blink announced that it is being acquired by Amazon.
The main difference is that Blink's products work wirelessly, while Amazon's existing options usually need to be plugged in. As of writing, Amazon hasn't issued a press release on the matter. Financial terms weren't disclosed.
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.
Customers who already own a Blink system won't see any change, the company wrote. "We'll continue to operate under the Amazon umbrella", Blink said in a blog post.
In 2014, Immedia raised more than $1 million in a Kickstarter campaign for Blink. For that price you get two-way audio, motion detection, night vision, unspecified "HD video", smartphone video alerts, and that long, two-year lifespan off a pair of AAs, just as you'd expect from Blink. This makes Blink's system, which will stick around following the acquisition, much easier to set up than competing products, as the hardest part about installation is picking out a place to put the device.
"As one of their distributors, we already know customers love their home security cameras and monitoring systems". It has also reportedly worked on a smart doorbell that would give delivery drivers one-time access to a customer's home, which would theoretically reduce lost and stolen packages.