Seattle, Washington-based Wyze Labs is now shipping its first product in the form of the WyzeCam, an ultra-affordable security camera designed to serve as an alternative to what the company deems are overpriced or unreliable devices. The offering boasts full HD video capabilities and comes with two weeks of rolling cloud storage for both sound and motion alerts, in addition to supporting unlimited local playback reliant on a microSD card with a capacity of up to 32GB. The WyzeCam features night vision, two-way audio, and can be mounted on a wall thanks to its versatile adhesive magnetic plate, its creators claim. Custom time lapse footage support is also part of the package, with the body of the camera being able to pivot and rotate 180 degrees, the startup revealed.
The camera will set you back only $19.99 if you purchase it directly from Wyze Labs and is priced at $29.99 on Amazon. Co-founders of Wyze Labs are all former Amazon employees and say they're seeking to emulate the product strategy employed by the retailer-turned-hardware-maker, which is to deliver reliable and aggressively priced products at a scale with the goal of passing on significant savings to consumers and consequently building brand loyalty. The WyzeCam is described as the first step in those efforts and is meant to mark the beginning of the startup's first lineup of smart devices. The company suggested that the industry is mature enough to allow for quality smart home devices which are inexpensive to acquire and are hence accessible to everyone, which is precisely what the WyzeCam is now trying to prove.
The product ships with a companion app that's available for both Android and iOS devices, being designed to provide users with a simple portable control hub for their camera(s). While the WyzeCam is highly automated in nature, you're also always able to manually record any photos and videos using its dedicated mobile app which supports 8x digital zoom, push notifications for alerts, and a simple sharing feature which requires your recipient to have a Wyze account. The alerts themselves can be pushed out for both motion and sounds, with the latter also encompassing device sounds produced by gadgets like smoke detectors and security systems. Users are able to choose between SD and FHD footage, with the camera itself being advertised as extremely simple to install.