Someone mentioned not liking the fact that all access to their home devices is in the cloud, on an outside server that we have no control of. A lot of people agree with that sentiment… There is also the concern of what happens to our product investments if something happens to the company?
You already started working on a NAS drive for local backups.
I would really like to see a Wyze home server, perhaps called the “Wyze Box”. Something that can run on a Raspberry Pi board as the new Raspberry Pi 4’s are much more powerful than it’s predecessors and would be perfect for something like this.
It could run a Wyze Home server that would be updated periodically from a Wyze repository.
People could buy their own pre-built Wyze Box the size of an Android TV Box or about 4"x4"x1" that they could plug into one of their router LAN outputs.
The setup could walk the user through a DDNS setup so their server will be located at randomname.wyzebox.com
Devices would be pointed to this Wyze Box that could be configured for local use. It might not have all the features that it has now, but it could definately retain standard functions. It could also be tied to the cloud for additional functionality (as an option).
People could also license the server application if they wish and run Wyze Home Server on their own server/Raspberry Pi Box).
I think this could be profitable as well as offer an excellent value to the buyers. While it won’t sell nearly as many units as a $20 Wyze Cam, I believe a healthy profit margin could be applied and many Wyze users are pretty tech savvy and would be interested in this. Selling the licensing for the Wyze server software allows you to profit without even needing to physically manufacture anything, diversifying the product line.
With a well thought out, narrated setup process, it wouldn’t require much more setup than the Sensor packs do. This would also let users who want a simple setup and to just use their cameras to stick with the current cloud setup.
More advanced users who want to take more control of their environment as well as users who would not want to buy cloud-only home devices will be interested in this, so not only would you be adding value to your product line, you would be marketing to a previously unreachable user base of users who wouldn’t invest in a cloud-only system.