Hey, Wyze Community!
We have spent a lot of the early part of 2020 working on making a more secure Wyze experience, such as conducting an external audit and adding time-based one-time passwords (TOPT). But that doesn’t mean that we stopped working on new products. We know you’ve been wondering about our upcoming products and wanted to give you an update while it is still early in the year.
Let’s start with this chart:
Before I go into more depth on each of the products, I want to clear up something. We know most of you are eager for the launch of Wyze Cam Outdoor (WCO). We are devoting as many resources as possible to WCO. There is only so much we can do at one time on a product, so we work on other products at the same time. While the chart above makes the product process appear that every product takes an equal amount of time, that is not actually the case. The complexity of a product often makes each of the stages take longer. For example, we’re in the middle of a second round of hardware testing on WCO because feedback from beta testers prompted us to make some changes. We want to release the best product possible and felt this was the right thing to do, despite the demand for WCO.
Ok, let’s dive into the updates.
Wyze Lock had its Early Access debut last December and sold out in less than 24 hours. We are excited to announce that Wyze Lock will return for an official launch on February 25 with Wyze Lock Keypad available in early April. Additionally, due to unexpected tariffs placed on smart locks, Wyze Lock will now retail for $99 but will stay at an $89 launch price for a few weeks in order to allow customers who have waited for Wyze Lock to get the lower price.
As mentioned above, Wyze Cam Outdoor is currently undergoing its second round of beta testing with more than 200 beta testers (Thank you beta testers!). Based on their feedback and test results, we are making several changes that will make WCO better. Once the hardware is finalized and we feel that it is up to the level you all expect, we will move into mass manufacturing and prepping for our EA launch.
Here is a cool shot we got by the Puget Sound while doing some video quality testing (this guy randomly showed up and decided to go for a swim… in December):
We are getting there. Thanks for your patience.
We were really bummed when we had to remove person detection from Wyze Cams due to the Xnor.ai acquisition. Since their acquisition, we have been doubling down on our solution. Our in-house person detection for all Wyze Cams is in alpha testing. We are making great strides here and should have this highly requested service live again soon.
We haven’t talked much publically about this product yet. Wyze Band is a wrist-wearable smart home assistant and activity tracker. Wyze Band will allow you to control Wyze devices with a tap and using Alexa Built-in, any number of Alexa-enabled devices. It also tracks steps, heart rate, and sleep. Wyze Band just completed a round of hardware testing and we are busily implementing user feedback. We expect to complete the beta phase soon and move on to preparing for the EA launch.
We mentioned that we were making a smart scale during our Wyzies award ceremony last October. Wyze Scale measures more than just weight. With it, you get complete body analysis. Wyze Scale uses weight sensors and bioelectrical impedance analysis (BIA) to measure weight and calculate, body fat percentage, lean body mass, heart rate, and 8 other metrics. Like most smart scales, Wyze Scale only measures impedance and weight and combines them with user inputs such as age and sex to mathematically calculate the remaining metrics. Wyze Scale is in production right now and almost ready for the EA launch. You should see it available for purchase next month.
Yes, we are making a doorbell. I mean, how could we not? There are no affordable and quality options on the market right now. Just like we did with Wyze Cam, we believe in making a smart doorbell cam that is accessible to all. Wyze Doorbell Cam is in its first round of testing (alpha testing), and we are working on fixing issues we have been finding. We expect to go through another 1-2 rounds of beta testing before it can launch. We are expecting this will be ready later this year.
We have some other products cooking right now but we’re not ready to spill the beans (yet). Hopefully, this update gave you some good insight into what you can expect in 2020. Don’t forget to vote for products you want to see in the Wishlist!