A new Kickstarter project, Blink, is mixing up the standard home security camera model by going truly wireless. There are plenty of home security systems out there with "wireless" cameras, but that wireless is only in the transmission of data — they still need to be wired up for power. Blink, however, is touted as having a year's worth of battery inside. And unlike other systems which hook into a central hub, Blink ties straight into your Wi-Fi network and communicates to their cloud service and an app on your phone (with plans for iOS and Android).

Blink gets its long battery life through a combination of low-power processing, radio, and motion sensing. By relying on the motion sensor to trigger recording, Blink only turns on when there's action in its field of view (that's where the year-long battery life comes in, it's really only about 5-6 hours worth).

There is a "Sync" module that's included with Blink that enables easy set-up and the triggering of remote live viewing through the Blink app. Setup is described as simple: Plug the Sync module into a wall outlet, open the app and run the setup wizard, and then place your cameras.

If that sort of truly wireless home security camera system interests you, Blink is up on Kickstarter now. They're nearly at their $200,00 minimum goal as of press time and sold out of the initial batch of $49 units, though there are still $59 and $69 backer levels available for single camera packs, as well as multi-camera packs starting at $119.

Source: Kickstarter; Via: TechCrunch

 

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Blink aims for the security camera trifecta: wireless, affordable, and long-lasting

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No thanks. It is yet another product you can't really own since it requires a "service." Welcome to the world where you pay forever for everything and other people have access to and control all your data because you cannot host it yourself. In this case, they claim there will be no fees... but 1) That can change and/or 2) If/when they go belly up, your devices are useless.

I'm not quite as pessimistic, Dropcam who's about to get bought by Google or got bought out already built a nice business on the same model and it works for many... BUT I still wouldn't back this project for the same reason. Most Kickstarter projects that revolve around software AND hardware are far too ambitious, and this one adds a lifetime service atop it all... Too much risk involved IMO, and I say that having backed up half a dozen KS projects (happily).

Exactly, If I have a camera security system, the owner and the owner alone should have access or grant access to who they choose. With PC's holding terabytes of Info, you could have security cameras recording and saving a week's worth of video on your own system, instead of paying for it. I hate that companies want subscriber services to make money off of, when the owner or user could do it themselves with the right equipment and software.

So if my math is correct, that means that it will only be able to record 98 seconds worth of footage a day if it has a 6 hour battery life for 365 day year. If I put it in my front all way, come in and out of the house a few times a day, it takes me longer then 98 seconds... I don't see it lasting a full year then.

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That's what I'm thinking as well. I could even live with 6 months but even that would be a stretch for monitoring those areas I want monitored in my house.

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Yup. This might be useful to put at the cottage you never spend time at, but not in a busy home full of people and animals. And if you decide to plug it in, you have very limited visibility.

And for a home security camera to lack night vision (IR blasters), it becomes nearly useless.

The only way it'd work is if your phone can tell it when you're at home so it doesn't wake up then, and you're single and live alone.

Let me know when I have an option to drop their cloud services and substitute my own.
I'm not using my dropcam any more due to it falling into Google's hands and I've rethought the entire idea of other eyes in my home..

Foscam cameras for the win, cheap ip based cameras, can store video locally to my home server and can view live from anywhere.
Blink seems cool if it has an ip that I can use with my current ip cam software, don't want two interfaces
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I must agree with several others - while I love the concept and price, without a local (on site or SD card) recording capability, I won't be getting one. Create a new version with local micro SD storage that emails me alarms or several frames, then able to extract the data afterwards, and we're in business. Weather protection would be appreciated as well, or perhaps a power over Ethernet module.

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A security camera that cannot be used together with the security video recording software that several NAS manufacturers offer is just a toy. A nice novelty toy.
Just like the fire alarm launched by Nest. If it cannot connect to any existing fire/burglar alarm system using the standard 2 or 4 wire connection it is just a toy for those who don't have (and don't know about) serious systems installed.

Local storage ability when your internet goes down?
How much bandwidth does it use per camera? Most people still have ~1mb upload speed.
How good is the motion sensing? If it is like current cameras where they watch "pixels flip" to determine motion, if you point this at a tree, wind will burn through the battery fast. So, can you mask off motion sensing areas in the field of vision?
"HD video" means crap, what are the true specs? You can have 1080p, but if the bitrate is low, then your going to get macroblocking and pixelation. Neither of these you want in a video surveillance system. Night vision, I do not see many IR LEDs on this, I don't think it is going to see too far even in small rooms.

These module are for inside your house only, not outside. In fact they are excited to offer an outside module in the future. I would rather watch my porches and driveway than the inside of my house.

This sounds cool, but does not sound like something many could use or want. Unless you need to spy on your room mates or watch your dog in the house. That is a good use for these.