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Roku’s smart camera lets you keep an eye on your yard


Think about what you want to do. of a Roku, you probably associate the name with television—whether you think of one of the company’s affordable streaming dongles, television sets, or even its streaming platform. You can now watch Roku from a completely new perspective. Wyze is a manufacturer of smart home cameras and the company has announced its partnership with it to create a line affordable smart home products.

Roku will introduce 10 new products. There will be indoor and outdoor smart bulbs and smart lights. And, in keeping with the Wyze partnership, there will also be a range of five cameras. A basic indoor and exterior camera cube will also be available, along with an indoor panning camera and floodlight camera and a video entry doorbell. Everything will be accessible on October 17, except for the doorbell. Roku informed WIRED that it will soon be available from Walmart.

Affordable Automation

While the lights and plugs are attractively priced—the plugs will retail at $9 and $15, and the bulbs and light strips will be $7 to $45—the star attraction is the camera lineup. Not surprisingly, they look nearly identical to Wyze’s. 

The operating system and subscription model are the key differences. Roku cameras target customers with one or more Roku device. The Roku Smart Home app is now available for iOS. Android This is separate to Roku’s streaming service.

After you have connected your cameras, the Roku Smart Home app will allow you to pull up the live feed on your TV. Or you can use the voice remote to view it. Roku Smart Home apps include data encryption and 2-factor authentication. However, Wyze has left security breaches unfixed for over three years. This was until this year. All cameras are equipped with the following: free You can start a 14-day trial and then pay $3 per camera per calendar month. 

The pricing strategy for Wyze Cam Plus is the same as that of Wyze Cam Plus, which runs $2/month per camera. It is different from Nest Aware’s video camera subscription plan, which covers all your cameras. The subscription is not required to use the camera, however you will be able customize the alerts and the cloud storage won’t. 

Whole Home Approach

Photo by Roku

Roku seems to have adopted the same strategy as smart home makers: Once a customer buys a device from one ecosystem, it’s harder to get it elsewhere. You bought a TCL TV that was affordable, but surprisingly good. It’s worth getting the TCL light strips, cameras and other accessories that go along with it. You can now monitor the house with your TV, not from your phone. 

The products of Wyze and Roku are simple, single-use devices that can be used in smart homes. But it remains to be seen whether this strategy will be effective given that other manufacturers—Amazon, Apple, and Google, among others—are moving toward a smart home standard that will allow customers to use whatever smart home devices they want, together. 

Anybody with Wi-Fi access should have the ability to manage their home using either a computer science degree or infinite patience.

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