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.
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.