Wyze Leaks Unannounced Smart Bulb and Sensor in Official Video

Wyze logo
Wyze

Wyze, the company behind some of the cheapest Wi-Fi cameras you can get, released a Q&A video recently with updates. While company employees meant to talk about new features, a few upcoming goodies from the company were hiding in plain sight.

Wyze cameras are an incredibly inexpensive way to purchase a host of Wi-Fi cameras. The basic Wyze Cam runs for $25, while the Wyze Cam Pan runs for $35. (While you can order direct from Wyze, you’ll pay the same after shipping.) They have Alexa integration, microSD capabilities and work off your existing Wi-Fi.

But Wyze knows it can’t solely exist off cameras forever, so while it’s already announced an outdoor camera, it turns out the company is already expanding into other areas of your smarthome.

In a video posted to YouTube, employees from Wyze answered several questions about upcoming features, and products (like Google Assistant integration and the aforementioned outdoor cam). They filmed the video as a walk and talk, giving ample view of the office, but apparently, they forgot to put away all the goodies first. (Or maybe they did it on purpose?)

If you pause at 2:15 to 2:18 you’ll see a box off to the left.

Youtube video showing Wyze light bulb box
Wyze Youtube

With a closer look, it’s easy to see that this box is for a light bulb, and the Wyze logo is on the lid.

Close up of Wyze light bulb box
Wyze YouTube

There are no details to be had yet, but it seems likely that the Wyze bulb will run off Wi-Fi, in order to keep costs low. Low costs are their bread and butter, so it will be interesting to see what pricing point the Wyze bulb comes in at.

If you continue in the video, Wyze talks about another previously unannounced product, Wyze Sense. You’ve actually seen a component, the motion sensor, as it’s sitting right next to the Wyze light bulb in the above shot.

Wyze didn’t reveal any real details, but the FCC has already been testing components. According to a User Manual on file, Wyze Sense will use a bridge that connects to the USB port of existing Wyze Cams. The set seems to include a motion sensor and a contact sensor that would be suitable for windows or doors.

Wyze said that the Sense system would be available sometime in 2019, though we have no idea when to expect the bulb.

Josh Hendrickson Josh Hendrickson
Josh Hendrickson has worked in IT for nearly a decade, including four years spent repairing and servicing computers for Microsoft. He’s also a smarthome enthusiast who built his own smart mirror with just a frame, some electronics, a Raspberry Pi, and open-source code. Read Full Bio »

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