Wyze continues flood of new products, releasing smart sprinkler controller for yard care – GeekWire
A week after launching a smart vacuum to clean up around the house, Seattle-based Wyze Labs is unveiling another new product, to help keep the grass green outside.
The Wyze Sprinkler Controller is a smart sprinkler system that allows homeowners to sync their watering system to local weather forecasts, control scheduling and types of watering across eight zones through the Wyze app, and more. The device is now available for pre-order for $49.99.
Like with other products across its range of affordable, smart-home catalog, Wyze is again offering a cheaper alternative than the competition. TechHive’s top-rated smart sprinkler controller is the Rachio 3, which sells for $229. The runner-up Orbit B-hyve sells for $149.
“Innovations in smart technology for lawn care are few and far between — and those that do exist are increasingly expensive” Mike Sobaski, Wyze Sprinkler’s product manager, said in a news release. “Customers new to the idea of smart sprinkler systems will fall in love with the ability to manually turn their system off from the Wyze app without running to the garage.”
The system, which will begin shipping in January, can be paired with Sprinkler Plus, a weather service offered by Wyze that syncs with over 60,000 weather stations across the U.S. and costs $9.99 a year.
Originally known for its WyzeCam, a low-cost home security camera, the 3-year-old hardware startup now offers 13 core products and has been busy of late with a flurry of new releases.
The company closed out a $15 million funding round at the end of July that has enabled it to reinvest in the business and scale teams across all departments. This allowed Wyze to expand its strengths and enter into new categories, according to Scott Wilson, senior director of product marketing.
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“Many of the products we’re announcing this year have been under development and testing for quite some time and they’re finally ready for public launch,” Wilson said, adding that Wyze is also finding and vetting more partners, such as LockIn for Wyze Lock and degrii for Wyze Thermostat.
Like many companies across the tech industry and elsewhere, Wyze has had to manage supply chain and delivery issues caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
“I’d be lying if I said it wasn’t tough,” Wilson said. “Managing the supply chain during the Q4 holiday season and during a pandemic is challenging.”
Wyze is still selling face masks and thermometers on its website, and has yet to see any noticeable uptick yet as COVID-19 cases surge across the U.S. The company says it will do everything it can to have on-hand inventory if demand increases in the coming weeks and months.