Blink Unveils Activity Zones, Amazon Alexa Skill

Blink has added activity zones and an Alexa skill to their security cameras. Activity zones allow the user to tell the camera which zones are important and not important to look out for. For example, if the camera is outside, the user can mark bushes or trees as unimportant in order to receive fewer false alerts. To add activity zones to their cameras, users must go into the camera settings on the Blink app and enable activity zones. From there, they can set the re-trigger time, sensitivity, and clip length. They can also choose to end the clip early if motion stops, another recently developed feature.

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Blink Adds Alexa Skill

In the same vein, Blink announced a new Alexa Skill which enables users to livestream footage from their Echo Show, Spot, FireTV, Fire Cube and select Fire Tablets. Users will be able to verbally command Alexa to show or hide specific cameras’ footage, or to review footage history. Blink’s Alexa Skill is currently available in the U.S, U.K, Canada, and Germany. To set up the latest Alexa Skill, users need to open the Alexa app and select “Skills & Games” from the menu bar. After typing in “Blink SmartHome,” users can enable this app and sign in with their Blink username and password, as well as create a four digit pin. Once the user signs in, they will be able to start live-streaming Blink footage on Alexa-enabled devices.

Owned by Amazon, Blink has been integrated with Amazon Alexa since October 2016 with devices like Amazon Echo,  Echo Dot, and Amazon Tap. Users could ask Alexa to arm or disarm their camera systems or ask about their status. The new update allows users to stream footage from their Blink cameras on Alexa devices.

To see Blink cameras in action, read our review of the Blink Indoor camera or our review of the Blink XT camera.

 

 

Aliza Vigderman

Aliza Vigderman

Aliza is a journalist living in Brooklyn, New York. Throughout her career, her work has spanned many intersections within the tech industry. At SquareFoot, a New York-based real estate technology company, she wrote about the ways in which technology has changed the real estate industry, as well as the challenges that business owners face when they want to invest in property. At Degreed.com, an education technology website, Aliza created digital content for lifelong learners, exploring the ways in which technology has democratized education. Additionally, she has written articles for The Huffington Post as well as her own content on Medium, the online publishing platform. Aliza’s love of journalism and research stems from the excellent Journalism program at Brandeis University. At Brandeis, Aliza interned as a research assistant at the Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism, a non-profit “news room without walls”. There, Aliza was paired with an investigative journalist and used academic databases to obtain data on everything from the suicide rates in Bhutan to local Boston court cases. Her last position was as an account executive at Yelp, educating business owners on the power of technology to increase revenue. Throughout, however, her heart remained with tech journalism, and she’s thrilled to be writing for Security Baron. When she’s not keeping afloat of the latest tech trends, Aliza likes to cook, read, and write. A former high school “Class Clown,” Aliza has completed two feature-length screenplays, a pilot, and countless comedic sketches. On her days off you can find her relaxing in Prospect Park, trying the latest flavors at Ample Hills Ice Cream, and spending time with friends and family.

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