Citing manufacturing "adjustments," the team behind the Goji smart lock told the backers of their successful Indiegogo campaign today that there would be a three-month shipping delay. The announcement pushes the Goji's expected release date into June, and marks the second such delay for the smart deadbolt. The first came three months ago, and pushed the product's arrival back from December 2013 to March of this year.
If I asked you what type of deadbolt you have on your front door, would you know the answer? Kwikset? Yale? Schlage? Maybe you know the manufacturer off the top of your head, but do you know the specific model? How about ratings -- do you know how much force your lock is capable of withstanding?
If you answered no to any of these questions, you're not alone. Despite the fact that we use our locks more than just about any other piece of household hardware and depend upon them to protect our homes from intruders and theft, we … Read more
Keys. Who needs 'em?
Not the Kwikset Kevo, that's for sure. With the Kevo (licensed out from UniKey), you'll be able to unlock your deadbolt just by tapping on it, thanks to the built-in Bluetooth 4.0 capable of detecting the smartphone in your pocket. Don't have a smartphone? Don't worry about it -- the Kevo comes with a handy keychain fob that'll let you tap your way inside, too. You can even use the free Kevo app to send friends and loved ones "eKeys" to let them in when you're not … Read more
Most of us lock and unlock our doors each and every day, so why not smarten the whole process up? That's the idea behind the Lockitron, the intriguing gadget from Mountain View, Calif.-based startup Apigy. For a current preorder price of $179, the Lockitron promises to turn almost any deadbolt into a smart lock after less than a minute of installation.
Using a free smartphone app (available for iOS and Android devices) users will be able to tell the Lockitron to lock and unlock the door remotely -- perfect for letting someone in from afar, or double-checking to … Read more
If you've been waiting impatiently to preorder Yves Behar's August Smart Lock, today is your day. You can now go to August.com, select among four different color options (silver, dark gray, champagne, and for a limited time, August red), pay $199, and hover by your front door for the estimated first-quarter 2014 delivery of your very own August lock. Behar's smart lock is not only designed to compete with traditional lock systems, it's also a newer entrant into the quickly expanding smart lock market.
And since the August lock is officially one step closer to … Read more
The August Smart Lock, a system designed to let people easily control access to their homes, will start shipping during the first quarter of 2014.
Already, August has received more than 30,000 reservations for its lock. Starting today, would-be buyers can preorder the product. The company was founded by Jason Johnson and world-renowned industrial designer Yves Behar.
The $199 lock -- much like competing products from Goji, Lockitron, Kwikset, and others -- applies the latest technology to the age-old door lock, allowing people to go in and out of their houses without using a key.
The system also lets … Read more
The smart lock space is suddenly crowded with competitors, each of which want consumers to see their offering as the best way to use a mobile phone to replace the traditional door key.
But with the unveiling of its own smart lock, and an Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign, the San Francisco startup Goji may have staked out the most desirable position in the space.
Several companies -- including Lockitron, Kwikset and August -- have all announced various approaches to home door locks that can be accessed from a mobile phone. Common features include being able to tell remotely if the door … Read more
Joining Apigy's Lockitron, the Kevo represents another attempt to link door-entry management to your smartphone.
The core technology behind Kevo comes from a company called UniKey, which was featured last year on ABC's startup competition show "Shark Tank." The idea is that a UniKey-powered door lock allows you to open the lock simply by touching it when you're carrying a UniKey-enabled smartphone or an included key fob. The technology also lets you assign access to others who have a UniKey-compatible smartphone.
The Kevo lock bearing the UniKey technology will come to market through a partnership … Read more
When my doorbell goes ding dong and the dogs go crazy, the last thing I want to do (aside from shushing my beasts) is actually talk to the person at the door who I probably didn't even want to talk to in the first place. Unless it's the pizza guy.
Fortunately, a Wi-Fi-enabled doorbell called DoorBot could make the mystery of a random household visitor a thing of the past. The $169 high-tech door device features a built-in camera (with infrared for nighttime support) that captures live video of the person who presses the button. From there, a notification pops up on the owner's device that gives the option to display the video feed on the app (works with iOS and Android tablets and smartphones).… Read more
PARIS -- The Internet's global reach means it's a golden age for inventors trying to bring a new product to market -- at least until Kickstarter gives you the boot.
Kickstarter is a "crowdfunding" site that lets ordinary people back inventors, creators, and others with a new idea. On September 19, two of those inventors were Apigy co-founders Cameron Robertson and Paul Gerhardt, creators of the Lockitron Net-connected door lock.
That was the day the pair finished two years of work and began the process of promoting Lockitron on Kickstarter, Robertson recounted today at the LeWeb … Read more