WW said they are committed to the Sensor Block, but only for KS Backers, not as an ongoing product. The Glowline and Presence Tag are dead. That they appear on the Support page likely means only that they're not quite done with the site update process.
Still, the Relay and Sensor Block are the two I want most, and I will accept extra Sensor Blocks in lieu of the other items I ordered.
All in all, not a bad strategy for a company that has huge problems getting past hardware prototypes. Their pivot to services relies on the one thing they seem able to produce, and that's software.
The earliest evidence for their B2B pivot I can find is from November of last year, meaning they likely discussed it well before then. So let's say that parts of Update 51 are about 6 months old.
But is this B2B pivot enough? After KS shipments are done, should WW abandon all hardware other than the Relay?
At first glance, the answer would appear to be "yes".
While the HA hardware market has advanced over the past 4 years, it's surprising to me how little the HA software market has improved. It seems folks here and there have unified bits and pieces, but nobody is going after the "whole enchilada" like WW. WW is moving its bets to a much better market.
With the massive Relay investment so far, it makes sense for WW to stick with the Relay for at least a while longer. But they should release all details for all other hardware designs in the hope that others will want to create WW hardware.
However, I believe the Relay shouldn't be WW's only hardware item going forward. I believe there is a market they can address if they look at one thing both the Consumer & B2B worlds suffer from: The lack of an Open & Smart HA radio. In particular, the lack of an affordable battery-operated Thread-based radio module.
WW has completed work on their initial 6LowPAN radio, and one more pass on that small product could make it viable as an alternative HA radio module to compete with Z-Wave, Zigbee and the like. Preferably one that can run the Thread stack onboard and also have room for some device application code.
The key is to work well on battery power. I'm presently using ESP8266 modules in my DIY gizmos, but they are a "challenge" for battery-operated HA use. But they do contain not only the WiFi stack (with encryption), but also have room for an MQTT stack and application code to twiddle GPIOs and read the ADC.
WW should try to create a Thread module that can be added to existing "dumb" equipment as well as designed into new devices.
WW may be able to create a radio module that could unify the device market at the lowest hardware level while they also unify it at the highest software level. Attack the market on two fronts.
Alternatively, WW could avoid even those hardware headaches by porting a minimal Relay stack to an existing module, perhaps something that already runs Contiki, such as low-cost version of Zolertia's Re-Mote. With Thread, of course.
Other than that, WW should stay far, far away from all other forms of hardware.