Blink, which has now been an Amazon company for nearly 3 years, has just announced their all-new Blink Indoor and Blink Outdoor security cameras. These new cameras continue to provide Blink’s unique capability of lasting up to 2 years on just 2 included AA lithium batteries, thanks to their proprietary chip technology. For the first time, Blink has also announced a Battery Expansion Pack which adds 2 additional batteries for up to 4 years of power. Read more ›
Amazon has announced that Alexa can now bring up and play the last recorded video from security cameras. Prior to today, it was only possible to bring up a live feed of your compatible security camera on a Fire TV, Fire Tablet, or Echo device with a screen by saying “Alexa, show my [camera name].” Starting today, it’s now possible to say “Alexa, show the last activity at my [camera name]” to play the last recorded video clip from a security camera. Read more ›
For the next few hours, you can get the Arlo Pro 2 Security Camera System w/ 3 Cameras for $359.99. The kit is on sale today only through a lightning deal that has brought the price down to $449.99. Amazon is running a separate promotion on select Alexa compatible smart home devices that reduces the price by another 20% when you apply promo code SMARTHOME20 at checkout. This promotion may only be available to those of you with Alexa devices registered to your Amazon account, but the Fire TV should make you qualified. The lowest price this 3 camera system has ever been in the past is $480, so these two stacking deals have brought it down to a significantly low price. I have owned the 1st generation Arlo Pro cameras and have been very happy with them. They are truly wireless, thanks to their rechargeable batteries, which makes them trivial to move around and place where you need monitoring.
The Wyze Cam has garnered some attention as being a pretty good home security camera at a remarkably low price of just $20. Now it has gotten even better with the addition of Alexa support, via TechCrunch. Starting today, the Wyze Cam v2 ($20) and the Wyze Cam Pan ($30) can be viewed through Amazon Echo Shows, Echo Spots, all Fire TV models, and Fire tablets by simply asking Alexa to show the camera. While the camera is technically listed at $19.99 on Wyze’s website, they charge $5.99 shipping per camera, so it really costs $25.98. That just so happens to be the exact same price you can buy it on Amazon. The camera comes with a surprisingly robust set of features for the price, including 1080p video, night vision, motion detection, sound detection, and free 14-day cloud storage.
Amazon is working on a pair of smart glasses with Alexa capabilities, according to a report by the Financial Times. The retailer is said to also be working on a home security camera that works with the Echo Show’s ability to view live camera feeds, which is a feature that will also be coming to the Fire TV and newly revealed Fire HD 10. Read more ›
Amazon currently has the Arlo 5 Camera Security System on sale for $399.99, which is the new lowest price this kit has ever been. While the Amazon page may say this discount is $230 off the retail price, the regular price of this camera kit is usually around $550, so this sale is really saving you about $150. These are among the top cameras I recommend for Amazon device owners because Arlo was a launch partner with Amazon when they added security camera support to Alexa. Currently, you can view a live feed of these cameras through the Echo Show, but support for viewing the feed on any Fire TV, Fire TV Stick, and Fire TV Edition television is coming very soon. You will also be able to listen to a live audio feed from these cameras through any Echo or Echo Dot soon as well. Read more ›
Sam Machin has built his own camera that’s compatible with Alexa’s live feed viewing feature. He’s the one who created the first web interface for Alexa, as well as a $10 Echo and other interesting Alexa hacks. Using a Raspberry Pi, a camera module, and some code that he has published on GitHub, Machin has rolled his own camera that can be called up at will on the Echo Show. He has provided instructions on GitHub for how to make your own Alexa compatible camera.
One of the great features unique to the Amazon Echo Show is that it can be used to view live feeds from your home security cameras. That feature won’t be exclusive to the Echo Show for long because Amazon has announced that it will soon be coming to the Amazon Fire TV, Fire TV Stick, and Fire TV Edition televisions. You will soon be able to say “Alexa, show my [camera name]” to the Fire TV’s voice remote and immediately see a live feed of that camera on your television. Alexa’s ability to view security cameras on the Echo Show has only been available for about a month, but there are already dozens of compatible cameras that work with Alexa, with more manufacturers being added regularly. The most popular Alexa compatible security cameras are from Ring, Arlo, and Nest.
Amazon today announced additional details about the new security camera capabilities of Alexa. Along with that announcement, it was revealed that Alexa devices without a screen, like the Amazon Echo and Echo Dot, will also have access to live feeds from security cameras. Obviously, since those devices don’t have screens, you won’t be able to view a camera feed using them, but you will be able to say something like “Alexa, listen to the baby’s room” to hear a live audio feed of a particular security camera. While that’s not nearly as useful as viewing a camera, it’s better than nothing. This is also a good indication that easy access to security cameras using Alexa will be coming to other Alexa-enabled devices, like the Fire TV and Fire tablets.