- Video Resolution: 720P HD
- Field of View: 110-degrees
- Video Format: H.264
- Imaging: Full colour, auto white balance, auto exposure
- Motion Detection: Passive infrared (PIR)
- Dimensions: 71 x 71 x 30mm (Camera), 62 x 59 x 18mm (Sync Module)
- Easy to setup
In The Blink Of An Eye
We get interesting things sometimes in CHIP, and this is definitely one of them. You’ve heard of security cameras, infrared cameras, CCTV’s, all that security mumbo jumbo. Some of them are quite elaborate to setup, while others require less of a hassle. The Aztech Blink falls into the latter, as it is by far the easiest and simplest security camera we’ve ever encountered.
The Aztech Blink originated from a Kickstarter under the same name (Blink), but now they have a partnership with Aztech to bring the Aztech Blink to Asian shores. The Blink comes with a starter kit, consisting of a Blink Sync Module and Blink Camera. You can purchase additional cameras from Aztech if you need to cover a wider area. It’s super easy to setup too: All you have to do is plug the Sync Module into a wall, connect it to the Blink app on your smartphone through WiFi and you’re half way there.
Next, choose to add a camera on your app and follow the instructions and voila, easy as one, two, three. What makes the Aztech Blink special is that it records short clips of 1 second up to 10 seconds long, whenever the motion detector trips, with longer durations of recording in the works right now. You will receive a notification on your app when that happens so you’ll be able to watch the clip, as well as watch a Live View of the camera so you can see what’s happening in real time.
All clips are recorded into Blink’s server with a maximum of 7,200 seconds or 2 hours in total. Once filled Blink will overwrite the oldest file with the new ones. You may also adjust the sensitivity of the camera in case you get a lot of false alarms, as well as choose when the camera goes offline and online, meaning you can schedule it to start only when you’re out and about.
Additionally, the Aztech Blink has a built-in one-way microphone, so not only do you get to see what’s happening, you’ll also be able to listen in on it. Currently, the Aztech Blink only works with a smartphone and requires a working WiFi at home, or wherever you plan to place the Blink.
CHIP CONCLUDE: A great piece of security equipment for those who aren’t very tech savvy, as well as those who want to keep watch over their pets and such.
(previously published in issue March 2017)