Google launched its voice-activated speaker in 2016 and is preparing for roll out in UK and Europe on April 6, 2017. The Google Home is a big competitor of the Amazon Echo, which launched on June 23, 2015. This time difference gave the Echo a huge start, with over 10,000 “skills”, but the Google Home is dedicated to proving its potential in the Smart Home industry.
After a major update, Google Home users can now utilize the Google Assistance to control third-party connected devices from 12 different companies, including Lifx, August, Rachio, Wink, First Alert, TP-Link, Vivint, Frigidaire, Best Buy Insignia, Geeni, Anova and Logitech Harmony.
Millions of consumers have already taken the plunge to invest in Smart Locks, while others are hesitant to make such a bold move. Many consumers are more at peace with their existing deadbolt, because it provides the necessities to keep their home secure and family safe. With the recent reporting about hackers remotely unlocking Smart Locks, it is no wonder why there is still such a high level of hesitation. Of course, this could actually apply to all connected devices, since they utilize an Android or iOS device as their main command center.
Apple submitted an application to the FCC last fall for a wireless, low-powered device, as it is described in the application. Of course, rumors were running wild that the device could be an AirPort router or new version of the Apple TV, but no one could put their finger on what the device could be.
Many consumers prefer used products to new products, because they are sold at half the original cost. Of course, there are some risks that go along with investing in used products, but overall it is genuinely a save investment. However, this cannot be said about used Smart Locks and other Smart Home gadgets, such as thermostats, doorbells and cameras. These devices have a companion app, which acts as the remote control, giving users the ability to create rules to control the device.
In order to utilize the companion app, it must first be downloaded to an iOS or Android device. In some cases, the process will require the creation of a personal account, with a unique PIN. This will require inputting your personal information and if the app utilizes geofencing to find your location, your home address may also be exposed.
Apple launched its home automation platform in 2014, offering promise to deliver simplicity to the once complex Smart Home control. While the company failed to gain much leeway for the first two years, it has worked diligently to add more partners over the past year. However, there is a bit of catching up to do to reach the same number of partners as Amazon has for its Echo platform.
Many homeowners are concerned about the level of security a Smart Lock can provide. Of course, it is difficult to compare the security provided by a traditional deadbolt to a Smart Lock, but what if someone told you that you could make your lock smarter and still keep the same level of security. Well, you can with the Kwikset Kevo Convert Bluetooth Smart Lock. This is a very affordable solution to achieve the best of both worlds.
August Home, a leading Smart Lock provider, launched its second-generation Smart Lock on October 14, 2015. While millions of consumers immediately jump onboard, millions more were hesitant, because these devices are responsible for securing their most valuable asset, the home. There is always the concern that Smart Locks may not be able to provide the same level of security as a traditional deadbolt. While this may be true in some cases, the August Smart Lock is integrated with retrofitted physical hardware, which basically means that it works with the existing deadbolt.
When searching for a solution that will offer reliability and convenience, while securing the front door, there is no doubt that the August Smart Lock can provide these necessities and so much more. Many models cannot be put on the same level, because they offer a difficult installation, hit-or-miss performance and a lagging, confusing companion.
The I LOCK IT Smart Bike Lock idea was funded through a KICKSTARTER campaign. The bike lock utilizes Bluetooth technology to communicate with the connected device, eliminating the need for a combination code or mechanical key. The I LOCK IT Bike Lock features automatic locking/unlocking, push notifications, access sharing, audible alert, keyless access and click-code unlocking. The auto locking and unlocking features works by measuring the distance the connected device is away from the lock. Once you enter the Bluetooth range, it will automatically unlock and when you exit the range, it will automatically lock.
If you are reading this article, you have already invested in a Smart Lock or considering investing. Whatever the case may be, you probably have heard of the Schlage brand, a top lock manufacturer. Many people are under the impression that the Schlage Sense Smart Lock is the same as the Schlage Connect Smart Lock. Well, this is a huge misconception, because each lock has its own unique features and capabilities, with a few similarities.
As mentioned above, the Schlage Connect and Sense do share some similarities including:
- Access sharing
- Push notifications
- Battery powered operation
- Backlit touchscreen
- ANSI Grade 1 security
- Mechanical keyhole access
The locks are also similar in design and two styles available, Century and Camelot.
Shlage Sense Bluetooth Deadbolt
Kwikset, a leading provider of Smart Locks, recently partnered with Amazon to provide customers, who invested in a SmartCode 910, 912, 914, or 916 Smart Lock, with voice automation capabilities. This integration will allow Kwikset customers to control the above locks with voice commands. However, this features only works for SmartThings and Wink home automation platforms.