If you haven’t heard, Amazon is ending support for its Cloud Cam security camera in December, which will cause all cameras to stop working entirely. To make up for the relatively short lifespan of the camera, Amazon is giving Cloud Cam customers a free Blink Mini camera sometime between now and the end of the year. Something that Amazon left out of the email it sent to customers, which it shared with The Verge, is that free Blink Mini cameras will be given to customers that are “still actively using their Cloud Cam.” That likely means that simply having bought a Cloud Cam doesn’t ensure you’ll receive the free Blink Mini camera. So, if you have any Cloud Cams that aren’t powered on but want to ensure you receive the free camera, you might want to set them up and use them at least once a month until Amazon sends out instructions for how to receive the free Blink Mini cameras. It’s unclear if Amazon will be providing multiple free Blink Mini cameras for those that own multiple Cloud Cams.
Amazon is sending emails to owners of its Cloud Cam security camera informing them that the camera will stop working on December 2, 2022. Amazon has decided to end support for the camera and since the camera has no local functionality, it will no longer work without Amazon’s server-side support. To make up for ending support, Amazon is giving existing Cloud Cam customers a free Blink Mini camera. Read more ›
Google has announced an update to its Google Nest Alexa Skill that finally adds compatibility with Nest cameras and doorbells. With this update, you can now view live feeds of newer Nest cameras, from 2021, on Fire TVs, Echo Shows, and Fire Tablets by simply saying “Alexa, show my [CAMERA NAME].” For Nest doorbells, you can also now have a two-way conversation from a Fire TV, Echo Show, or Fire Tablet by saying “Alexa, talk to the front door.” Not available yet but coming soon is the ability for Alexa to support announcements when a Nest camera or Nest doorbell detects a person.
Amazon has announced that select Fire TV models can now automatically display picture-in-picture (PIP) feeds of video doorbells and security cameras when an action occurs. When a Ring Video Doorbell is pressed, the Fire TV will bring up a live feed of the doorbell’s camera in the upper right corner of the screen without taking you away from what you’re watching. If you’d like, you can then say “Alexa, talk to [Ring doorbell device name]” to begin a two-way conversation between the Fire TV and the doorbell. To go full screen with the video feed, you can say “Alexa, show [Ring doorbell device name]” as usual. Read more ›
Amazons line of home security cameras, outdoor lighting, and alarm systems has been growing year over year between their Ring and Blink brands. Most of these devices are on sale for Prime Day but the big savings come from all the various bundles that Amazon is offering for these products and their Echo devices. Here is a massive round-up of all the best individual and bundled deals for Amazon’s security devices. Read more ›
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.
As promised, the Amazon Fire TV, Fire TV Stick, and Fire TV Edition televisions can now directly display live feeds from home security cameras. The feature works through Alexa, so you’ll need to use either a voice remote or the Fire TV Remote app. Just say “Show [camera name]” and a live feed of that camera will be displayed in full screen. Read more ›