It would be really useful to add a “virtual switch” into the Wyze app. The UI would essentially function the same as a plug. If these could be added to Alexa, (or Google Assistant or IFTTT) it would unlock a lot of potential to make everything play nicely together.
For example, Alexa current supports sunrise/sunset scheduling, something the Wyze app can’t do yet. I tend to get a lot of false positives at night due to headlights, and it would be cool if there were a way to automatically mute notifications at sunset. If there were a virtual switch, I could:
- Make a routine in Alexa that turns off a virtual switch at dawn and on at dusk
- Make a rule in Wyze that uses the virtual switch as a trigger to mute and unmute notifications.
That’s just one example. It would also work the OTHER way. For example, Wyze can send me notifications when a sensor is left open for X amount of time, but Alexa can’t do the same. (I know that sensors are still sorta beta-ish on Alexa, but I’m using it already and it’s obviously coming.) If Wyze had a virtual switch, I could do this:
- Make a rule in Wyze that turns on a virtual switch when the door has been left open for 2 minutes
- Make a routine in Alexa that says “Door has been opened for 2 minutes” whenever the virtual switch is on, then turns the virtual switch off again.
I’m just thinking this may be the easiest way to add a lot of more advanced functionality to rules and schedules, without adding tons of complexity to the logic.