Based in Andover, Mass., Blink was launched after a crowdfunding campaign raised more than $1 million for its wireless home monitoring system in 2014. Financial terms of the acquisition were not disclosed, and Amazon did not reply to an AFP inquiry. 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.
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. "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.
Amazon is already a leader in both online shopping and physical logistics, but it is increasingly trying to meld the online and offline worlds.
Amazon has reportedly been in talks with Phrame, a maker of smart license plates, that would let it leave packages inside a vehicle trunk. It was through e-mail that was sent to customers, where Blink announced that this company has been purchased by Amazon. Preliminary reviews are mixed.
Assumedly, Amazon will use Blink's cameras in conjunction with its Key service for Amazon Prime members, which allows deliveries within people's homes when they aren't there.
For the time being, all of these products remain under the Blink brand and aren't integrated with Amazon's many services (though they do support Alexa), which their possible integration with the home delivery system is just speculation for the time being.