Wyze Sensors Available for Pre-order

Wyze, a smart security company, is unveiling Wyze Sense, its first contact and motion sensors, in May. These sensors can go on windows, doors, or anything that opens or closes, including liquor cabinets and even dryers. Rather than connecting to Wi-Fi which drains the battery, Wyze Sense connects through a bridge that will connect with the back of the Wyze Cam or Wyze Cam Pan. The Wyze Sense Starter Kit includes a bridge, two contact sensor plus one PIR motion sensor. These sensors can be used in home automations such as having the lights go off when a door closes or when there is no motion detected. Currently, Wyze Sense is only available for pre-order in the Wyze app, but it will be available in May 2019.

Wyze Contact and Motion Sensors

In order to test its sensors, Wyze had hundreds of customers use Wyze Sense and then implemented their feedback in design and the app’s user interface. A major complaint that customers had about other sensors was their size. Users wanted smaller sensors, said Mike Sobaski, direct of product development at Wyze. In order to provide smaller sensors with long battery lives, Wyze decided to have the sensors connect through a bridge rather than Wi-Fi. The sensors were designed and engineered in Seattle, Washington and made in China. Setting up Wyze Sense should only take two to three minutes, said Sobaski.

Previously, Wyze only offered main two products, the Wyze Cam and the Wyze Cam Pan. These 1080p HD cameras cost $20 and $30, respectively, much less than comparable cameras. In the same vein, Wyze Sense will only cost $20, as customers had complained of expensive sensors from other companies. While the cameras received positive reviews from Security Baron and many other review sites, it remains to be seen how well Wyze Sense will work for customers.

Aliza Vigderman

Aliza Vigderman

Aliza is a journalist living in Brooklyn, New York. Throughout her career, her work has spanned many intersections within the tech industry. At SquareFoot, a New York-based real estate technology company, she wrote about the ways in which technology has changed the real estate industry, as well as the challenges that business owners face when they want to invest in property. At Degreed.com, an education technology website, Aliza created digital content for lifelong learners, exploring the ways in which technology has democratized education. Additionally, she has written articles for The Huffington Post as well as her own content on Medium, the online publishing platform. Aliza’s love of journalism and research stems from the excellent Journalism program at Brandeis University. At Brandeis, Aliza interned as a research assistant at the Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism, a non-profit “news room without walls”. There, Aliza was paired with an investigative journalist and used academic databases to obtain data on everything from the suicide rates in Bhutan to local Boston court cases. Her last position was as an account executive at Yelp, educating business owners on the power of technology to increase revenue. Throughout, however, her heart remained with tech journalism, and she’s thrilled to be writing for Security Baron. When she’s not keeping afloat of the latest tech trends, Aliza likes to cook, read, and write. A former high school “Class Clown,” Aliza has completed two feature-length screenplays, a pilot, and countless comedic sketches. On her days off you can find her relaxing in Prospect Park, trying the latest flavors at Ample Hills Ice Cream, and spending time with friends and family.

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