Amazon’s Blink Indoor is a decent, battery-powered security camera for inside your house

This new, $80 Blink Indoor camera system is the indoor counterpart to Blink’s new weatherproof outdoor camera. It shares a similar design with the outdoor model, minus the weather-resistant housing, as well as the same set up, features and performance. That makes it a fine option, particularly if you want the mobility of a battery-powered indoor camera. But the Amazon company’s decision to ditch its excellent free cloud storage plan for the new Blink Subscription Plan is disappointing. 

Like

  • The $80 one-camera kit is pretty affordable.

Don’t Like

  • Blink now charges for cloud video storage.

I’m an advocate for free cloud storage in general, despite many companies (like Nest and Ring) never offering it, but it’s even worse when a company offers it and then gets rid of it later. 

As I mentioned in the Blink Outdoor review, Blink is offering a free trial of its cloud

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Blink Indoor Review: Can’t Handle the Great Indoors

Blink Indoor on table

“Despite its name, the Blink Indoor just doesn’t cut it to handle the inside of the home.”

  • Battery life of up to two years
  • Live playback limited to 30 seconds
  • Wired power source is optional
  • Very basic motion detection trigger

Earlier this year, security camera maker Blink released the Blink Mini to expand its portfolio. It’s certainly a step in a new direction, since it was the first indoor camera from the company after the success of its line of Blink XT outdoor cameras.

Now we’re getting yet another indoor camera, aptly named the Blink Indoor, which looks a lot like its sibling – the Blink Outdoor. Compared to the Mini, the Blink Indoor boasts a higher $80 price tag, and is billed as a wireless solution. Are you willing to pay the premium when the Blink Mini sells for $35?

Many similarities

Place the Blink Indoor and Blink Outdoor

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We have a few questions about Amazon’s flying indoor security camera drone

Should we invite Amazon’s internet-connected cameras and voice assistants into our homes? That’s been a contentious topic for years — but today, Amazon effectively said “screw it” and announced an entire automated flying indoor robot security system.

Yes, that’s right: Amazon’s Ring division now has a camera that can theoretically go anywhere in your home, not just the direction you initially point it. Or, in Amazon’s words: An Innovative New Approach to Always Being Home.

Needless to say, the staff of The Verge has a few questions about that.

In no particular order and without naming names:

  • Can it go up and down stairs?
  • Why does it look like an air humidifier?
  • What’s battery life like?
  • Does the drone play slap bass?
  • How does it map your house, anyhow? Where do those pictures go?
  • Could someone at Ring HQ fly this camera drone around my house?
  • Could one of
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A $250 indoor security camera

Ring, the Amazon-owned home security business, introduced a flying camera on Thursday that may excite home-surveillance fans but is almost certain to rankle privacy advocates.



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The $250 drone, called Ring Always Home Cam, is among a slew of products unveiled during Amazon’s invitation-only online hardware event.

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The drone is small and light, with a high-definition camera, and it can automatically fly on preset paths to specific spots in your home, streaming video to your smartphone of what it sees along the way. Users can set up paths for the drone via a smartphone app, or if the drone detects motion in a part of your home it can fly on its own to that spot and take video of what’s going on. Set for release next year, the drone is meant for indoor use only, and it can be set to work with the Ring Alarm

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Drone home: Amazon’s new Ring indoor security camera gives flight to new privacy concerns

Ring Always Home Cam. (Ring Photo)

Amazon drones will probably be zipping around outside your house to drop off packages before too long. But before that day arrives, the drones could also be flying inside your home. Ring, the Amazon-owned smart doorbell and security company, unveiled a flying indoor camera on Thursday morning.

It’s “designed with privacy first,” the company said, but some digital security and privacy experts raised concerns about the potential implications of the device.

The Ring “Always Home Cam” is an autonomous, camera-equipped drone that can fly around predetermined areas of a home to offer assorted viewpoints before returning to a docking station to charge. The idea is that a homeowner could check in while away to see if a window was left open or the stove was left on, as Ring founder Jamie Siminoff said in a blog post.

Slated to be available next year, the

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Amazon unveils spherical Echo speakers, flying indoor security camera, and cloud gaming service

Amazon unveiled a new lineup of spherical Echo devices, an autonomous flying indoor Ring security camera, a new cloud gaming service, and new features to help Alexa converse and interact more naturally with users.

The flurry of news came Thursday morning during the company’s annual Devices & Services event, a virtual version of a fall tradition in which the company typically shows its newest Echo speakers and other Alexa-enabled devices.

Luna, the cloud gaming service, will cost $5.99/month during an early access period. It will be available on Fire TV, Mac, Windows PCs, iOS and later Android, going head-to-head with similar offerings from Microsoft and Google. Amazon will offer a dedicated game controller for the service, available for $49.99, which connects directly to the cloud to let gamers switch quickly between devices. Games can also be played with a keyboard and mouse or a Bluetooth game controller. Luna integrates with

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