Well, fellow Wyze users, the day is fast approaching when our Wyze security camera & # 39; s detect people, an important feature that will prevent the Wyze cam from waking you up at 3 am to alert you to rubbish dust spots in front of the lens (yes, this happened to me).
In a recent post on the forums of the Wyze community, a Wyze representative said that a firmware update that will remove the AI-driven human recognition feature is being prepared for release, meaning it won't take long before the Wyze Cam and Wyze Cam Pan lose the ability to locate people instead of, for example, pets, cars, waving branches and other random pieces of movement.
Wyze reported to its users a little over a month ago that it would disable human detection after Xnor.ai, the edge-computing outfit behind human detection technology, abruptly terminated its contract with Wyze.
(If you were wondering why Xnor.ai suddenly closed the deal with Wyze, the news that Xno r.ai acquired by Apple gives you a pretty good clue.)
Although Wyze says it works on its own internal version of people detection, it is not to say when it will be ready. The Wyze representative on the community forum commented that the company is "making great progress", but she is "not sure" when it will actually test.
Meanwhile, read some ways to adjust your Wyze camera settings now that people detection disappears. Although I don't have magic bullets for the soon-to-be lack of human recognition, these tips should (hopefully) reduce the number of false alarms.
Note: The following tips are based on the iOS version of the Wyze app; the instructions for the Android version should be similar.
Set a detection zone
Although your Wyze Cam or Wyze Cam Pan can no longer detect people, at least you can tell where it should – and should – keep an eye out for movement.
For example, I have my Wyze Cam near my basement door and I have focused the motion detection zone on the door itself rather than the living area on the side.
Select a camera on the Wyze app, tap the Settings button (the one that looks like a gear) in the upper right corner of the screen, and then tap Detection Settings> Detection Zone .
Switch the detection to zone setting and drag the box around the area where you want your Wyze camera to detect motion.
Tweak t The sensitivity of motion and sound detection
Before leaving the Detection Settings screen, first view the pair of sliders that determine the sensitivity to the motion and sound detection functions of the Wyze cam. If you get too many false alarms, consider reducing the sensitivity to motion detection, sound detection, or both.
Setting a schedule for notifications
Another way to reduce unwanted notifications is to set a schedule for notifications. . For example, my office is about 15 meters away from my Wyze camera, so I can be pretty sure that I will catch all the bad guys trying to sneak between, for example, 8:00 am & 6:00 am & # 39; at night.
Tap Settings> Schedule and Automation and then tap the "+" button in the upper right corner of the screen, followed by Schedule> Mute Notifications . From there you can set start and end times for your new Mute Notifications rule, and on which days of the week you want the rule to be active.
Change your event recording schedule
In the same way, you can reduce the number of sound and motion events that your Wyze camera records by setting a schedule for event recording.
Tap Settings> Event Recording> Schedule Turn off the All Day setting and then choose a start and end time. While you are busy, you can also choose to disable event recording for motion, sound, or both.
Pause all notifications
If your house is tidy or just want to take a break from Wyze notifications, you can pause all your Wyze alerts at the same time and indefinitely. Don't forget to turn them on again.
Go to the main screen in the Wyze app and tap the alarm bell in the upper right corner of the screen. If you do that, a slash will appear through the bell to indicate that notifications have been paused and remain so until you tap the icon again.