Last year at CES, home security company Blink caught our eye with a wireless camera for the yard that runs on batteries to keep installation easy. For this year's show, Blink is bringing this tech a little closer to home with a video doorbell that takes the same, simple approach.
The Blink Video Doorbell connects to your home Wi-Fi and with a built-in HD camera, lets users check the action at their front door via their smartphone. This can come as a regular two-way conversation once a visitor has rung the bell, or it can be set up to record short clips and send through alerts as motion is detected.
When it comes to the wireless, battery-powered Blink Video Doorbell, it means you can literally slap it on anywhere you need it, connect it to your Wi-Fi network and start using it. It can be hooked up to a previous doorbell's wiring if the user desires, but two AA lithium batteries alone should provide two years' use.
There are a couple of other bells and whistles, including infrared night vision and an IP-65 weatherproof rating, and the doorbell integrates with Blink's other systems without any extra hardware or software.
The Blink Video Doorbell will cost US$99 and be on show at CES 2018 in Las Vegas, which kicks off on January 9.
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