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.
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.