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Blink: the first ultra-affordable, totally wire-free smart HD home monitoring and alert system.

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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.

visual verification

 

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."

      SlashGear | Digital TrendsBoston Business Journal | Ubergizmo    

          Android CentralPocketHype | MikeShoutsThe Tech Journal

                                        CNET | The Boston Globe

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!

Blink Features

 

HD video

HD video capture ensures that you get a clear view of your home or business, with minimal distortion or blurring.

Motion detection

Blink's feature-rich system includes a motion detector; when armed, any detected motion triggers the recording of a short video clip.

Instant alerts 

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.

Instant On 

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.

Temperature sensor

Easily monitor the temperature in your home, and customize Blink to alert you if it gets too hot or too cold. 

Night vision

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.

Built-in microphone 

A built-in microphone allows easy audio access, so you can see and hear what’s happening at home.

Privacy assurance

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.

Status alerts

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:

One-of-a-Kind Technology

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.

Privacy Assurance

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.

Blink API

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:

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Our Team

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.

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FAQ

  • 1. Plug the Sync Module into any wall outlet
    2. Launch the Blink app and run the Setup Wizard
    3. Place your Blink unit(s) wherever you'd like

    Once these steps are complete, Blink's wire-free design also makes it simple to shift or relocate your units.

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  • Yes! You can download our app to as many iOS and Android devices as you'd like, so the entire household can receive alerts or check in at home. Please note that Blink's initial release will only allow for one active Live View feed at a time.

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  • We’re initially developing the Blink app for iOS and Android devices, but our Windows customers are important, too! At launch, Blink will be accessible through web browsers for all users, and we’re working on a Windows app in the future.

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  • Anywhere! With no wires or cords to worry about, Blink is designed to go where other systems can't. Place it on a bookshelf, desk or tabletop, attach it to the wall or ceiling, or mount it in a corner.

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  • While Blink can be placed anywhere it's able to communicate with the Sync Module, the initial system is not designed to be weather-proof and we've yet to test for or establish temperature or humidity thresholds. However, we're excited about the opportunity to introduce outdoor-compatible products and accessories in the future.

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  • Should you choose to place Blink somewhere other than a bookshelf or other flat surface, the camera units can be attached to the wall with non-permanent adhesive; each system will also include a mounting kit that accommodates both adhesive and screw mounting options.

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  • Assuming a fairly standard home (single building, no unusually dense construction materials), the Sync Module should be able to communicate with Blink units up to (and perhaps over) 100' away in any direction.

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  • To help account for pets, Blink’s motion detector can be adjusted for sensitivity.

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  • Yes! We're recently introduced this new feature. 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.

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  • Our current prototypes are powered by two CR123 batteries. We’ll keep the community updated should this change for the final product release but, rest assured, any battery we use will meet our requirement of one-year battery life with standard use and be easy to replace when necessary.

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  • With standard use, Blink's battery life should exceed a year, and you'll receive a notification when it's time for a battery change.

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  • Standard use is defined as 4,000 five-second events per year (or 20,000 total seconds of video recording).

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  • Blink's default setting will store all video on our secure servers. Additionally, 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.

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  • Blink's server provides each system storage for up to 7,200 total seconds of video (or 1,440 five-second events). If you reach the storage limit, your oldest alert clips will be deleted to make room for any new ones.

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  • Not just yet. Initially, all video clips will be saved to Blink's secure server or the on-board USB storage located in the Sync Module.

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  • Our initial Blink product won't offer this functionality, but it's a feature we know is extremely important to our backers. We want to make Blink as user-friendly as possible, including integration with other Smart Home products down the road.

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  • Not at launch, but yes! Introducing this functionality is an integral part of our system roadmap, and our vision for what Blink can be.

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  • 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.

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  • The Blink system includes a micro USB connector, so it can be powered externally if you don't want to worry about changing batteries. But Blink is designed for wire-free operation and, with standard use, your batteries will last over a year.

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  • Blink currently requires a WiFi-based Internet connection to operate. For future products, we are researching the possibility of offering a cellular service, as well.

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  • $0! We want Blink to be both affordable and hassle-free, so there are no contracts or monthly fees.

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  • Yes! In your backer survey, we’ll request information about what type of adaptor is required for your location, and include that with your Blink system.

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  • 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:

    1. 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)
    2. 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)
    3. Indicate in the backer survey following the campaign that you've pledged an extra $25 to have an alarm unit included with your system

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  • Yes! A one-year, limited warranty will accompany all Blink systems. We'll have more detailed information in advance of shipping, and the team remains committed to delivering outstanding customer service and support throughout the life of the product.

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  • Yes! You can email us at blinkforhome@immediasemi.com.

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Rewards

  • You selected
    Pledge $5 or more

    89 backers

    Blink Supporter:
    Receive product and project updates, plus one of the ISI-108 chips that drives Blink's one-of-a-kind functionality!

    Estimated delivery:
    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    Pledge $49 or more

    100 backers All gone!

    Blink Super Early Adopter: Thanks for being among our earliest and most enthusiastic supporters! Receive one Blink unit plus Sync Module. No monthly fees.

    Estimated delivery:
    Only ships to: United States
  • You selected
    Pledge $49 or more

    25 backers All gone!

    Blink Super Early Adopter International: NEW for our international backers. Thanks for being among our earliest and most enthusiastic supporters! Receive one Blink unit plus Sync Module. No monthly fees.

    Estimated delivery:
    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    Pledge $59 or more

    500 backers All gone!

    Blink Early Adopter: If you missed out on our Super Early Adopter package, it's not too late! Receive one Blink unit plus Sync Module. No monthly fees.

    Estimated delivery:
    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    Pledge $69 or more

    862 backers

    Receive one Blink unit plus Sync Module.

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    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    Pledge $89 or more

    100 backers All gone!

    Blink Super Early Adopter Starter System: Thanks for being among our earliest and most enthusiastic supporters! Receive the perfect starter kit for a cozy home or apartment - two Blink units plus Sync Module - for $30 less than it will retail for! No monthly fees.

    Estimated delivery:
    Only ships to: United States
  • You selected
    Pledge $89 or more

    25 backers All gone!

    Blink Super Early Adopter Starter System International: NEW for our international backers. Thanks for being among our earliest and most enthusiastic supporters! Receive the perfect starter kit for a cozy home or apartment - two Blink units plus Sync Module - for $30 less than it will retail for! No monthly fees.

    Estimated delivery:
    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    Pledge $99 or more

    500 backers All gone!

    Blink Early Adopter Starter System: If you missed out on our Super Early Adopter package, it's not too late! Receive the perfect starter kit for a cozy home or apartment - two Blink units plus Sync Module. No monthly fees.

    Estimated delivery:
    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    Pledge $119 or more

    2,096 backers

    Blink Starter System: Receive two Blink units plus Sync Module. No monthly fees.

    Estimated delivery:
    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    Pledge $149 or more

    200 backers All gone!

    Blink Beta Membership: Be among the first backers to receive a Blink system, plus get exclusive access to our Beta feedback program. Includes two Blink units plus Sync Module. No monthly fees.

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    Only ships to: United States
  • You selected
    Pledge $169 or more

    1,365 backers

    Blink Home System: Receive three Blink units plus Sync Module. No monthly fees.

    Estimated delivery:
    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    Pledge $199 or more

    25 backers All gone!

    Blink Alpha Program: In December, we'll ship our very first units out for testing and feedback from members of our Alpha program. Your experiences and input will help us ensure that we're shipping the best possible product in March and May 2015. Receive one Blink unit and Sync Module in December, as well as a two-camera system and Sync Module when Beta units ship! Note: backers for this tier will be required to sign an NDA in advance of receiving Alpha units.

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    Only ships to: United States
  • You selected
    Pledge $269 or more

    480 backers

    Blink Home+ System: Receive five Blink units plus Sync Module. Perfect for larger homes! No monthly fees.

    Estimated delivery:
    Only ships to: United States
  • You selected
    Pledge $269 or more

    354 backers

    Blink Home+ System International: NEW for our international backers. Receive five Blink units plus Sync Module. Perfect for larger homes! No monthly fees.

    Estimated delivery:
    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    Pledge $1,000 or more

    15 backers All gone!

    Blink Starter System Reseller Package: Be among our first partners, and help us introduce Blink to the world! Receive 10 two-unit Blink Starter Systems.

    Estimated delivery:
    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    Pledge $1,500 or more

    15 backers All gone!

    Blink Home System Reseller Package: Be among our first partners, and help us introduce Blink to the world! Receive 10 three-unit Blink Home Systems.

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    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    Pledge $2,500 or more

    6 backers Limited (9 left of 15)

    Blink Home+ System Reseller Package: Be among our first partners, and help us introduce Blink to the world! Receive 10 five-unit Blink Home+ Systems.

    Estimated delivery:
    Ships anywhere in the world

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