About this project
Meet Blink, the one-of-a-kind home monitoring system that's ultra-affordable, simple to set up, and equally perfect for renters or homeowners. Our stylish, totally wire-free design houses innovative HD video technology, plus motion and temperature sensors, to deliver instant home insight through the Blink app for your iOS or Android device.
place it anywhere
Blink is battery-powered and truly wire-free, so it’s simple to place, position and move within any environment. Create a system that covers your entryways and windows, monitors the garage, or keeps a watchful eye over the kids' rooms (or even the cookie jar). Plus, our unique technology delivers more than a full year of battery life for extended, no-hassle peace of mind.
Blink is thoughtfully designed to make peace of mind easy and accessible. As soon as motion is detected, video starts recording and an alert is sent to your smartphone or tablet, so you can see exactly what caused the alert and decide how to react.
Simply want to check in and see what's happening at home? Live View mode lets you take a look through the Blink app.
ultra-affordable + easy to expand
Our goal is to help protect your home and your pocketbook: Blink starts at just $49 (with no monthly fees), and its unique design makes it easy to create and expand a system that’s just right for your apartment, home or business, for a fraction of the cost of other home monitoring devices.
Blink in the News
TechCrunch - “Security conscious types with a hankering to pepper their homes with sensor-packed cameras to keep remote tabs on their stuff should point their eyes at Blink…”
GigaOm - "This is a pretty slick device, but what’s slicker is the silicon making it possible."
BostInno - "The device's unobtrusive design is key."
TechnologyTell - "The Blink wire-free HD home monitoring system is probably one of – if not the most – the most affordable you can get right now."
SecurityGem - "The technology that powers Blink is what sets Blink apart from other solutions along with a low price and a battery that should last up to one year."
BetaBoston - "Blink is small, designed to sit unobtrusively and spring to life when it detects motion."
Make - "Blink—a new camera system for home monitoring—could well be a leading indicator of something different, silicon designers bringing their next chip to market in a new way."
Brit + Co. - "The best thing about Blink (besides the price) is that it delivers more than a full year of battery life, so you don’t have to worry about charging it all of the time."
Stretch Goal - Achieved
Alarm Feature and Kickstarter Alarm Discount ($600,000)
Blink has officially reached our $600,000 stretch goal, which means that we're introducing a new, optional alarm unit.
Like Blink, the alarm unit will be battery-powered and able to be placed anywhere. It will feature a 105-decibel siren that users can choose to arm or disarm, and specify the length and frequency of the alarm.
How do I get the alarm?
Our Kickstarter backers can add the new alarm unit to their existing system for just $25 (50% off the estimated retail price). To do this:
- For existing backers: Click "Manage My Pledge" on the main project page and increase your existing pledge by $25 (there are no additional shipping charges)
- For new backers: Add $25 to the pledge amount for the system you want (eg, if you'd like the two-unit system for $119, pledge $144)
- Indicate in the backer survey following the campaign that you've pledged an extra $25 to have an alarm unit included with your system
We'll take care of the rest!
HD video capture ensures that you get a clear view of your home or business, with minimal distortion or blurring.
Blink's feature-rich system includes a motion detector; when armed, any detected motion triggers the recording of a short video clip.
Quickly receive a push notification or email alert with a link to the video attached, so you can decide how to respond.
Live View mode
Easily access on-demand video streaming through the Blink app.
With Blink’s Instant On feature, video recording starts within a fraction of a second, so you’ll get a clear look at who or what triggered the alert.
Easily monitor the temperature in your home, and customize Blink to alert you if it gets too hot or too cold.
Blink's LED illuminator, coupled with advanced low-light performance of our proprietary technology, ensures that you'll see what’s happening, day or night.
A built-in microphone allows easy audio access, so you can see and hear what’s happening at home.
A non-hackable, hardware-based LED indicator and optional audio alert let you know when Blink is recording, or in Live View mode, so you'll never be caught off guard.
Receive notifications when the Wi-Fi connection at home is lost, or when it's time for a battery change.
New Feature - On-board USB storage
The Sync Module will be upgraded (for all backers) to include a USB port that will allow users the option to send video clips directly to on-board storage instead of Blink's servers. All other Blink functionality will be designed to work with this option, provided the USB stick is in place.
New Feature - Auto arm/disarm function
Now, in addition to manually arming and disarming your Blink system, you can arm/disarm the system automatically! Schedule these times in advance, or create location-based rules to define when the system is active.
The Blink App
Simplicity is the core of the Blink system, and our app was created with the same philosophy. Once Blink's motion detector is triggered, you'll quickly receive an alert and link to an accompanying video clip on your iOS or Android device.
The Blink app also allows you to arm/disarm your system, monitor temperature, customize alert settings for each camera unit and will notify you when the WiFi connection is lost or battery life is low.
Live View Mode
Simply want to check in and see what's happening at home? Use Live View mode for instant insight:
Blink's many features and affordability are made possible by the unique, proprietary technology at the heart of the system. Our one-of-a-kind chip delivers a perfectly customized degree of power usage that allows Blink's compact, battery-powered design without compromising quality of features.
Simple, DIY Set Up
Every Blink system comes with our proprietary Sync Module, which helps facilitate quick, easy set-up and moderates the power used by your Blink camera unit. The Sync Module requires no assembly or configuration; simply plug it in, then follow the prompts of the Blink app to get started.
To set up your Blink system:
- Plug the Sync Module into any wall outlet
- Launch the Blink app and run the Setup Wizard
- Place your Blink unit(s) wherever you'd like
With that, you're free to create and expand a system that's perfectly tailored to your home: Blink's battery-powered, wire-free design means it's simple to monitor any part of your home, from entryways and windows to the living room, kitchen, kids' rooms or garage.
In addition to the non-hackable, hardware-based LED indicator that lets you know when Blink is recording or in Live View mode, the system also ensures that your video and data is encrypted and secured through SSL communication.
While Blink’s pilot product is first designed to deliver simple, affordable home insight, it’s our mission to make the system much more than that! To help accomplish this more quickly, we’ll to open our client API and enable our developer community to create additional tools and software that will help accelerate the introduction of new features such as additional storage options, allowing Blink users to more easily customize a system that perfectly fits their home and lifestyle.
Why Your Pledge Helps
With Blink, our mission is to make peace of mind effortless and affordable for everyone. Your pledge will contribute to our pursuit of this, and allow us to not only complete development and manufacturing of our flagship product, but also continue our work towards creating a complete ecosystem of Blink smart home products.
Where We Are in Development
Blink has undergone several successful rounds of prototyping, and we are now designing and fabricating a larger lot of systems in support of an alpha test program.
In addition, we're also focused on:
- Setting up the secure server on which video clips will be hosted
- Developing a beta version of the Blink app for iOS and Android
- Preparing to conduct in-home trials of our alpha designs
With that, we are currently on track to deliver units to Blink Beta Program backers in March 2015, and we're excited to keep all of our backers up to date on progress and developments!
Blink Prototype Camera Module:
Blink Prototype Module with Test Bed and Batteries:
Alarm Design Rendering:
Blink Prototype Demos
Blink Prototype + App Interaction Demo:
Blink Prototype LED Illumination + Low-Light Video Demo:
Blink Prototype Live View + Image Quality Demo:
The team behind Blink is comprised of talented and enthusiastic engineers, salespeople and marketers with a passion for developing new products--from chip design all the way through to complete electronics systems.
Risks and challenges
The team is confident that, with decades of experience successfully delivering complex video compression technology to our partners, the Blink system will be completed on schedule. We're well into prototyping of Blink's core technology and industrial design, and our Alpha pledge tier and testing will allow us to receive invaluable feedback from users well in advance of manufacturing deadlines and release of the product to our customers.
We will be distributing regular updates to all of our backers outlining progress, as well as the introduction of any roadblocks that could impact our planned production timeline.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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