Blinkforhome?

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Posted on
Mon Dec 07, 2015 1:37 pm
simdude offline
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Blinkforhome?

Anyone playing with the Blink cameras yet? For those unfamiliar, they are wireless cameras. TOTALLY wireless. They are claimed to have a 1 year battery life. I ordered one to play with:

http://blinkforhome.com/

They also have motion and temperature sensors. The manufacturer is claiming they will have an open API once the first production run is moving along. Device sounds a bit too good to be true and yet, I still took a chance and have one on order......

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Thu Dec 24, 2015 9:27 am
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Re: Blinkforhome?

I looked at these devices today after reading a review in the Boston Globe. Sounds interesting and I'll be following along for the ability to integrate into Indigo.

Running Indigo 7.0.3 and HBB 0.20 on a headless Mac Mini (late 2012), OS X 10.12.4.
Jeff

Posted on
Fri Apr 01, 2016 7:46 am
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Re: Blinkforhome?

Just wanted to post a quick update on Blink. I purchased a 5 camera pack and have been using them for almost 3 months now. I have to say I'm really impressed. These cameras are completely battery powered and in 3 months, the battery level has not even started to drop (assume the battery meters are accurate).

The are super fast at catching and recording motion when you arm them. I have found them to be slow bringing up live video if I want to look in to the house often taking 30+ seconds to bring up live video and audio.

I'm still waiting for the developers to release an API and, hopefully, an outdoor camera in the next year or so but, so far I love them. And happy I grabbed them at the pre-release price. ;-) Although $300 for a wireless, 5 camera system with HD video is still pretty cheap.

I will provide updates as time goes on.

Posted on
Wed Oct 05, 2016 12:27 pm
Woetjes offline
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Re: Blinkforhome?

Hi,

Do you have an update on the cameras - still happy?
If I'm not mistaken - I don't think they released a public API but there seems to be integration with SmartThings so maybe we could add this also into Indigo in the future...

Hope they will also release an outdoor camera soon..

Thanks,
W.

Posted on
Thu Sep 21, 2017 5:00 am
dstrickler offline
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Re: Blinkforhome?

I've been using the outdoor camera under my porch (semi-protected from the elements), and it's working great. Indigo integration should be slick, mostly to turn it on/off for alerting, so it won't go off when I'm home.

Dave

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Thu Sep 21, 2017 8:20 am
norcoscia offline
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Re: Blinkforhome?

I have a few Arlo Pro cameras set up and I handle arming / disarming using stringify

https://www.stringify.com

since no plug in for indigo exists - they have rechargeable batteries in them and they last about 6 months before needing a recharge. Not sure if Stringify supports your HW but for me it works great - when I exit my block stringify arms my cameras as I approach my house they disarm. As it starts to get dark (even if I'm home) stringify arms them for the night...

I hope someone writes a plug-in for Arlo, fingers crossed!

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Norm

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