My idea(s) are super simple. There are only a handful of security products on the market which are equipped with voice alerts. This is a SUPER great feature for most people. Smart Things and Echo/Alexa now have this capability when paired, but it is a pretty expensive endeavor, depending on how many contact sensors someone wants or needs. A Smart Things box is ~$70 and each sensor runs ~$25 or so. After getting the box and 3 or 4 sensors, you’re looking at almost $200 and I have read that it’s not that reliable so I think Wyze is poised right now to get really disruptive (more so!) here.
What am I talking about?
Normal contact sensors simply chime when the door, window or whatever it’s attached to opens.
This idea comes with the assumption that you’re going to allow cameras to chime or make a noise at some point when paired with Sense (if not, put this on the roadmap too!).
My idea is to be able to program in VOICE alerts. You would need a solid vocabulary list, but that’s pretty easy. Once Voice alerts are enabled, the sensor will chime using voice. So, for example, when I open my Front Door, either have Wyze Cams (chosen in app) or release a dedicated device like a speaker or hub that will announce “Front Door Open” and “Front Door Closed”.
This is something that people don’t know they want until they have it and then they don’t know how they did without it (especially when you have kids).
How this could be executed?
For those WITH the Echo/Alexa:
As I mentioned, paired with Smart Things, this is something that Alexa can do. Using Echos skills and pairing that with some programming on your end, I don’t see why this isn’t possible using your sensors.
For those WITHOUT the Echo/Alexa:
This would be tricky. My first thought would be potentially through the Wyzecams. I don’t know how much memory the camera has inside, but I’m thinking that you can create a downloadable “language pack” which can announce voice alerts, just like the camera when connecting, I’m imagining that a language pack and some programming could possibly allow the camera to say/announce Voice alerts. If there’s not enough on board memory then perhaps it can access and store the files on a microSD card.
Failing this, create a product similar to Ring’s Siren. A speaker that plugs in directly to the wall and is able to chime or sound voice alerts (Rings’ can’t do voice alerts.)
Again, I think this would be an awesome thing to have. I myself have been looking around for a system to do this for months but the cheapest I can come up with is Smart Things, otherwise, it’d be getting a security system like Vivint or a Qolsys console, both which cost over $300 without a single sensor and require a monitoring plan which costs monthly.
Hopefully some of you think this is a good idea.