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26 December 2017, 02:03 | Denise Dawson
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It was through e-mail that was sent to customers, where Blinkannounced that this company has been purchased by Amazon.
Home security company "Blink" was founded in 2014, and now sells a small connected security camera and a connected doorbell.
Blink is best known for its wireless security cameras which originally launched on Kickstarter before quickly receiving over $1 million in funding.
Amazon said in an email statement that "customers love their home security cameras and monitoring systems". The campaign was a success, with Blink raising five times the amount it initially targeted.
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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. It's also significantly cheaper than many video doorbells on the market, at $99.
Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. It also launched a new Amazon Key service for people in some U.S. cities to allow a door to be unlocked when they're not home so packages can be left inside. Amazon recently announced their own delivery service, Key, that'll allow those delivering the package to walk inside your house to drop it off, instead of the inconvenience of having them have to return for a signature if nobody is home.
For the moment, Blink will continue to offer the same range it already has, and the team is playing coy on what it might be doing for Amazon. "We'll continue to operate under the Amazon umbrella selling and supporting the same great products you know and love", read the Blink website Friday. 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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