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Wyze Labs launches a smart security camera for just $19.99

By William Gayde ยท 7 replies
Oct 25, 2017
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  1. If you want a modern security camera with smart features like Wi-Fi connectivity and cloud backup, you'll know there's a lot of options and that they usually don't come cheap. The Nest Cam was one of the first in this wave of simple security cameras that worked right out of the box. Just connect them to your home network and you're up and running.

    However, the Nest Cam costs $200 and other competing products aren't cheap either. Wyze Labs is looking to throw wrench into this market though with their new WyzeCam which retails for only $19.99 before shipping and handling.

    How can they sell a camera for this cheap? The margins on this little cube-shaped camera are extremely low and the company employs only about 12 people right now. They are also dealing directly with a large Chinese manufacturer rather than attempting to build the hardware themselves. If the WyzeCam is successful, they are hoping to expand their offerings to more smart home products in the future.

    At $19.99, what can you expect in terms of features?

    The camera is 1080p with built-in infrared night vision. The base is magnetic and can move around into just about any position. The software will store bits of footage from the past 14 days in the cloud and will automatically start recording when motion or sound is detected. There is also a microSD card slot for local storage. The last interesting feature is the ability to do 2-way audio with the app since the camera has a built in speaker.

    Some media outlets have already received beta units and the general consensus so far is positive. While it won't be as robust or refined as higher end models that cost 5-10x as much, for $19.99, this looks like a great product. The camera is available on Amazon with Prime shipping for $29.99 or the company website for $19.99 plus shipping.

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  2. IAMTHESTIG

    IAMTHESTIG TS Evangelist Posts: 1,685   +776

    Free cloud storage ehh? Seems fishy...
     
  3. LukVdH

    LukVdH TS Rookie

    It's a Xiaomi Mijia XiaoFang. Now selling for about 15$ at "the Chinese webstores".
     
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  4. Slappy McPhee

    Slappy McPhee TS Booster Posts: 144   +76

    Agreed however I wouldn't feel any worry using one to cover say a front door entrance or back yard, etc. Not so sure that I would be scanning inside a business or house with it without more research.
     
    Reehahs likes this.
  5. NahNood

    NahNood TS Addict Posts: 115   +56

    "Agreed however I wouldn't feel any worry using one to cover say a front door entrance or back yard, etc. Not so sure that I would be scanning inside a business or house with it without more research"

    haha yeh, gotta keep that meth lab secret, eh? lol
     
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  6. matrix86

    matrix86 TS Guru Posts: 846   +38

    From this company? Yes. Not sure how I feel about that. However, I have the Arlo Q with the free cloud option. Thing is. they have limits on it to try to get you to purchase a cloud plan. Their free plan gives you 7 days of storage up to 1GB. So they bring in customers with the promise of free cloud storage, and once they have them, convince them to upgrade so they can get more features. But given their reputation, I have no problem trusting their free cloud option. I live in an apartment so I don't need any of the extended features from their paid options.
     
  7. dogofwars

    dogofwars TS Addict Posts: 173   +67

    Another poor soul serving as a bot.
     
  8. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 14,699   +3,848

    Oh no this sounds like the end of the single man's ability to pleasure himself out in the open in his own home or apartment, without guilt , exposure to ridicule, or a lawsuit for "sexual harassment" from some activist female hacker!:eek:

    (Of course, I myself would never do such a thing)..;)
     

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