Amazon Rings Up Smart Home Related Acquisition

According to a report in GeekWire, Amazon.com has acquired Ring, which makes video cameras, Internet-connected doorbells and other smart home devices.

The acquisition enhances Amazon’s capabilities in addressing smart home and home security issues.

Last month, GeekWire noted, Ring acquired a startup called Mr. Beams that makes WiFi-enabled LED lighting with motion-sensing capabilities.

The acquisition follows on Amazon’s expansion of its Echo line of voice-enabled devices, which can work as technology hubs linking entertainment, smart home and other Internet-based functions in consumer homes.

As reported in September of last year, Amazon introduced a new generation of Alexa voice-controlled Echo devices, including a premium model with additional smart home capabilities. The all-new Echo, with a fresh design and improved sound, launched with $99.99 retail price while the Echo Plus, offering a built-in smart home hub, hit the market with a $149.99 retail.