Amazon takes on Wyze with Blink Mini

In something of a pivot for Amazon’s Blink brand, the company has just introduced an indoor video camera that requires AC power. Unlike the prior rev, the new Blink Mini comes in a more palatable white finish and is aggressively priced at $35. Like Wyze, the camera plugs in via a small USB nugget. However, … Read more

Convert your Wyzecam into a Webcam

Originally posted to, then deleted from, Reddit and now disclosed by Wyze: With everybody working from home while practicing social distancing, webcams are in huge demand. The good ones are mostly out of stock. Our engineers took on the challenge of creating a firmware version that would turn Wyze Cam into a webcam so that you … Read more

Meet The Mysterious New Ring Doorbox

Before the new Ring Video Doorbell 3 has even hit store shelves, details of yet another upcoming smart home product has surfaced. Meet the mysterious new Ring Doorbox. While “doorbox” often refers to intercom systems, Ring’s device can be remotely locked and unlocked… leading me to believe it’d be a great way to secure a … Read more

Ring Video Doorbell 3 Nears

As first revealed by the FCC, a number of retailers have leaked the incoming Ring Video Doorbell 3 … and a 3 Plus! The Ring 3 looks to be a direct replacement of the Ring 2 — a logical assumption bolstered by Home Depot’s link redirect. And the Ring 2 has been my recommendation the … Read more

HomeKit Confirmed for Ecobee Camera

As we know, ecobee is prepping an Alexa-endowed “smart” camera … but, beyond Amazon voice control, the FCC has confirmed Apple HomeKit support. Of course, one would reasonably expect traditional connected camera capabilities such as motion detection and notifications, but the Alexa mics take ecobee to another level as a dual purpose device. And now, … Read more

Wyze Person Detection Returns! (for some)

After Wyze accepted (or wrote) perhaps the worst contract ever and lost their license to impressive, local person detection, without much lead time, they’ve been cranking away on a home-built replacement. Given the publicly available beta app, that outted the Wyze Band, you too may be able to take the new solution for a whirl … Read more

First Look: Wyze Band with Alexa

As initially revealed by the FCC back in November and formally disclosed this week, the upcoming Wyze Band is described as: a wrist-wearable smart home assistant and activity tracker. Wyze Band will allow you to control Wyze devices with a tap and using Alexa Built-in, any number of Alexa-enabled devices. It also tracks steps, heart … Read more

Eufy Battery Video Doorbell First Look

Eufy’s highly regarded video doorbell has just been joined by a new battery-powered version. As with the existing wired doorbell, the new model exceeds Ring (on paper) with 2K video resolution. Further, there is no cloud storage to contend with in terms of additional fees or privacy concerns. However, whereas the original Eufy stores 4GB … Read more