Good Day everyone. I wanted to get back on the keyboard and write about what’s been happening over the past week or so. Wyze Labs announced the new Wyze Lock. Wyze says they are entering the smart home automation business – not just a Camera business anymore. We’re intrigued. Google announced something called Structured Content – It’s actually very interesting and fascinating for us to get to another level of automation and Ambient Computing. Chamberlain slashed their MyQ Smart Garage Opener prices over Black Friday and Cyber Monday. You could have ordered it from Amazon for as low as $19 for a period of time. I also wanted to add some more experiences in The Garage Automation Experiment. I am finding different ways to be as efficient in spaces like Garage: We’ll talk about utilizing the right tool for the job (“… like a light bulb!” -’tis the season). Please note that certain links may provide proceeds to Automate Your Life.
Wyze, now the smart home automation company (previously known as the ‘little camera that could’ company). Wyze has partnered with a company called Lockin to provide you with Wyze Lock. You’ll be able to use your existing deadbolt to secure your door. The Wyze Lock comes with features such as Auto-unlock and Auto-lock as you enter or leave your home and Remote Access with your Wyze App. The Wyze Lock will be available for $90 USD + shipping.
Wyze Lock Operation
There are a few key things I think about before buying a lock. It relates to Reliability and Redundancy as mentioned before on Automate Your Life. If the lock is not going to be 100% or 99.9999% where the other 0.0001% is manageable by bypassing the lock manually in some way, then we need to consider other options to keep the lock running or have a redundant method to open the door. I generally start thinking of the manual operation of the lock. The temperatures during winter can range anywhere from 0 degrees Celsius (32 Fahrenheit) to -40 Celsius (-40 Fahrenheit). Frost or the cold better not impede the lock or the technology inside. The power source is 4AA Batteries which last about 5-6 months, probably less in colder parts of the world. The second consideration is communication signals.
Wyze Lock Communication Protocol
On Wyze’s website, it states that the Wyze Lock uses Zigbee and Bluetooth. However, on the buying page it focuses on WiFi and Bluetooth. Ok, right now. There is some confusion around this. If Zigbee is available, then it probably means you’ll need a hub. The lock does come with a Wyze Lock Gateway, so I guess that could be the Zigbee Hub. I believe Nest lock also used Nest Connect for some of their devices for some time. Maybe the choice for Zigbee vs. Z-Wave is about range? or about which component could be installed and passed for certification by the time they release the Wyze Lock? In any case, there is not a lot of information on this right now. We will wait to hear Wyze provide more context to on Reliability of Zigbee or Bluetooth closer to the release date. In the meantime, if you’re interested in ordering one, you can sign-up for Wyze notifications here: https://bit.ly/352nB9M. The Wyze Lock is going to be available “after Christmas” in Limited Quantities.
Wyze does mention that the Wyze Lock will have Google Assistant and Alexa integration in 2020 as well. I appreciate the images of children and families using the locks (on the website). Maybe this is a lock I can test out in my Garage Automation Experiment for the family next year! It’s great to see Wyze start opening up to the smart home.
Structured Content in Google Assistant
What is Structured Content? You can think about Structured Content as ways to organize information in ‘structured ways’ so the user can access it easier. For example, if you want to learn more about something, like Samsung SmartThings Hub, you could go to our Resources Page, then check out our Frequently Asked Questions on the Samsung SmartThings Hub (Samsung SmartThings Hub FAQ). The FAQ page would have questions and correlating answers on what the Samsungs SmartThings is.
What is the significance of Structured Content in Google Assistant?
The significance is that now Google Assistant will have a way to give you step by step information when you need it. Pair this with Ambient Computing and you really do have a personal assistant with you. You see, this is actually a large step for mankind here. Imagine your own personal assistant ensuring you are cooking your food safely, or helping you on your next DIY. Google Assistant will now be able to use information stored in Forms, Calendars, FAQ’s, Business Locations, and Address Books. You will now have access to this information without having to develop an app or a shortcode to make it work. Google Assistant will now have the ability to take away the need to code or program something and present you with the information you need when you need it! I will talk about this a bit more in the near future. Just thought you should know – Google Assistant is going to get more powerful.
MyQ Smart Garage Opener Chamberlain MYQ-G0301
I have been working with my Garage Automation Experiment now for a month or so. It’s been exciting to see the different ways I can automate stuff in the Garage Space. You can read about it here. https://automatelife.net/garageautomationexperiment-aeotecdoorbell6-switchbotmeter/. I am having fun planning, thinking about new things. One of the automation plans is the Garage Door Opener. Enter the MyQ Smart Garage Opener.
I thought the MyQ Smart Garage Opener Chamberlain MYQ-G0301 would fly off the shelves. I think it did. Amazon lowered the price for the MYW-G0301 garage opener to $19 during Black Friday for a short period of time, then it went to $30. Well, as of today, it’s back down to $20. I think this means that Chamberlain is going to have a new product line of Garage Openers, but if you’re good with spending $20 USD (twenty dollars) for a way to automate your garage door, I’d recommend it. You can buy it here: https://amzn.to/2Ple4nq. For those outside the US, you may even come out with better than normal pricing, to buy it here and pay for shipping.
Garage Automation Experiment – Lighting
Ok, I’m going to be quick about this. It might shock you. I may not need a smart bulb to light up my garage. Before the twitter handle comes loose, please hear me out. Sansi LED provided us with its 27W (250 Watt Equivalent) Ceramic Dimmable Bulb.
I installed the bulb in one of my dimmable lamps in the basement. Figuratively Night and Day difference.
I’m learning that if I can use the Sansi LED bulb in the garage, I would have better lighting, and then I can utilize the Smart Bulbs (currently Wyze Bulbs) in a different location. What about automation? I think I would focus on having the light switch automated in the garage; now we have better function and control of the lighting, and I have the right type of lighting to keep my Garage Automation Experiment pointing in the right direction. I think I’m looking for something like Kasa Smart WiFi Light Switch or GE Enbrigten that uses Z-Wave. This will save me time and money in the long term. What we’re talking about here is the Proper Utilization of your devices. I’m really curious about what you think about this. I am going to write more about how this idea may actually save time and money once I get a pair of non-dimmable bulbs in my Garage.
You can buy the 27W (250 Watt Equivalent) A21 Omni-directional Ceramic LED Light Bulbs here: https://amzn.to/2rou0NQ.
You can buy the GE 14291 Enbrighten Z-Wave Plus Smart Light Switch: https://amzn.to/2P08uYQ
Or the Kasa Smart WiFi Light Switch here: https://amzn.to/342bZC6
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