Stealth cameras are more effective. The Net is littered with various “stealth” Wi-Fi cameras that are built into common household items like digital clocks or clock radios, desk lamps, oscillating fans, coffee makers, toasters, bookshelves, etc. Unfortunately they do not work with the Blink system.
I would love to see blink offer a good, all weather outdoor ready STEALTH CAM, with all of the same components, but with the lens and PIR sensor connected via a 24" ribbon cable or something, and a simple battery power jack rather than two AA batteries. In that way, battery options really options open up, depending on where and how the camera is mounted.
Rather than two AA batteries, perhaps a bank of eight D-Cell batteries is in order, or a GelCel battery, or even a larger golf cart battery, for example. It would be nice to find or make a separate power cell, that splices into the AC power cord inside of an old table lamp “Vampire Style” and provides the necessary clean power for the Blink cameras, with a battery backup ??
I could have so much fun building stealth Blink cameras in my shop and selling them online. I’d probably buy them 100 at a time and install them into things that people could buy and place into their homes, without any fears of it being recognized by thieves. A camera that can be incorporated into nearly anything is a VERY effective camera.
Companies that make the digital radio cams, the wall clock cams, the teddy bear cams and such are okay … but when thieves surf the Net, they can SEE what to look for, because they all look alike, and thus those cookie cutter stealth cameras are only minimally useful. By installing a Blink stealth cam into WHATEVER I find at thrift stores or buy through Amazon would make my products unique and individual.
Imagine it! A golf bag cam, a picture frame cam, a floor lamp cam, a book cam, a bowling trophy cam. A Blink camera with that level of flexibility of installation would open up a whole world of possibilities.
I am retired, and I like to work with my hands. Thrift stores are FULL of things no respectable thief would ever look at twice, and so many of those things could easily conceal a Blink camera, IF the lens and PIR sensor, the camera body and the power source could be separated as needed.
I guess I am dreaming, because I have found in my 60 years on Earth, that once a company develops a product, it is very difficult for them to think outside of the box.