Wyze Talks Upcoming Products and Matter Ecosystem Plans in AMA
Wyze sells some of the most popular smart home devices, including the Wyze Cam series. The company hosted an Ask-Me-Anything (AMA) on Reddit earlier today, revealing some details about the company’s upcoming projects.
Regardless of existing products
There’s been excitement around the upcoming “Matter” smart home ecosystem, which aims to unify and simplify tools for setting up and managing smart home products. The end goal is for any Matter-certified device to work with all other Matter-enabled hubs and devices, eliminating the compatibility headaches that exist today.
However, Wyze does not expect to bring Matter support to its existing products. Asked about updating Wyze devices to work with Matter, Wyze VP of Products Steve McIrvin said today in a Reddit comment: “It’s unlikely due to security requirements. running both the Wyze firmware stack and a Matter compatible firmware image. We have followed several paths in this strategy and the most likely scenario is that we will have to introduce new products with higher resource limits high (especially flash memory and RAM) to support Matter.
The company is also still exploring how to integrate its cameras into the Matter ecosystem. McIrvin said: “The biggest hurdle for us, as you might have guessed, is that there is no definition for cameras in the Matter guidelines yet. It’s not one of the two dozen categories they’ve yet defined. There is a working group that has just been formed, so we intend to participate in it.
Wyze has released new products at a rapid pace over the past few years, so it’s not too surprising that the company has more on the way. The first is a Matter-enabled product, which will be available “in a few months”, but it’s unclear what type of device it will be.
Steve McIrvin also confirmed that a smart light switch is in the works that won’t require a neutral wire. Smart switches are a popular way to add smart controls to light fixtures, especially where smart bulbs aren’t practical, but they usually require a neutral wire in the wall for the power supply, which many houses do not have. McIrvin said on Reddit, “A large percentage of homes in the United States were built before neutral wiring was needed, so we’ll have a pretty innovative solution to address those homes in the next few months (certainly before the end of the year). ‘year). “
The most voted question in the AMA was about the status of Wyze RTSP Firmware, which was beta software that allowed Wyze cameras to be monitored using industry-standard Real Time Streaming Protocol (RTSP), instead of on-premises or cloud-based proprietary solutions. Steve McIrvin said: “The reason we removed it was that we weren’t able to keep it fully in sync with the changes we deployed to the rest of our firmware images. We have no intention of republishing this image at this time.
RTSP was a way to monitor Wyze camera feeds from a desktop or laptop (without running the Android app in a virtual machine). Wyze is working on an official web viewer for camerasand the company confirmed in the AMA that it is currently working on Firefox support and other improvements.