Startup: Blink Sells A Million of New Security Camera Tech

Author: John Honovich, Published on Sep 05, 2014

A semiconductor company has launched its own security camera offering, selling over $1 million from a crowdfunding campaign that it bills as "the first ultra-affordable, totally wire-free smart HD home monitoring and alert system."

Despite the hype, the architecture has a number of key weaknesses. In this note, we break them down including comparisons to Google Dropcam and Netgear VueZone.

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Comments (9)

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