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Kwikset Partners With Amazon To Enhance Functionality Of Its SmartCode Smart Locks

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.

 

Kwikset Premis Smart Lock

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Amazon Adds Smart Lock Control To Alexa’s Collection Of Native Abilities

Over a week ago, Amazon added a Door Lock Application Program Interface to the Alexa Skills Kit, in an attempt to simplify Smart Lock control for users. This update improved voice commands for Smart Lock partners, including Kwikset, August, Z-Wave, Schlage, Yale and Vivint.

As mentioned in a previous article I’d written, this would simplify the locking process, but due to security vulnerabilities, Amazon decided not to launch unlock support at this time.

 

Kwikset Obsidian Smart Lock

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Amazon Unveils New Door Lock API To Simplify Alexa Commands

Amazon’s new Door Lock API, application program interface, was added to Alexa Skills Kit. The API will improve voice commands for a several of the company’s lock partners, including Z-Wave, August, Yale, Vivint, Kwikset and Schlage.

The Skill name must be included in the voice command. For instance, Schlage Sense customers utilizing an Alexa custom Skill must say, “Alexa, ask Schlage to unlock my front door.” Some customers will find this voice command a little too lengthy, while others will just be happy to be able to control their Smart Lock with Alexa.

 

Kwikset Obsidian Smart Lock

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Amazon Alexa Will Now Unlock The August Smart Lock Per Verbal Request

A recent update to an existing Alexa skill will allow August Smart Home customers to open their door with voice command. With the new update, users can verbally command Alexa to unlock their door for the first time. Previously, August customers could utilize Alexa to unlock their door, but the request had to be made directly from the Alexa app.

August Smart Lock

The August Smart Lock is one of the most popular Internet-connected locks on the market, along with the Schlage Sense and Kwikset Kevo. The August lock utilizes Bluetooth to communicate with the existing wireless router and relies on AA batteries for power.

 

August Smart Lock

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Westinghouse RTS Z-Wave Series Biometric Lock, With Fingerprint Reader

When most consumers think of Smart Locks, they think of August, Schlage and Kwikset brands. Westinghouse, an American-based electric company that manufactures electric motors, industrial gas turbines and household products, released its commercial-grade Z-Wave-enabled Smart Lock on September 22, 2016. The Westinghouse RTS Biometric Smart Lock offers universal compatibility with automation networks in commercial settings. The embedded Z-Wave Plus 5202 chipset will allow the lock to communicate with third-party connected devices. However, it does require a Z-Wave-enabled hub to operate remotely.

 

Westinghouse RTS-Z Smart Lock, With Fingerprint Reader

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Liven Up Your Life With Vinclue’s Gatebox Holographic Anime Virtual Assistant, Aizuma Hikara

Have you contemplated purchasing the Amazon Echo, because you were intrigued with Alexa, the voice-automated assistant? Of course you have, but you may want to save your money and invest it in the intuitive Gatebox. The Gatebox, the Virtual Home Robot, features Aizuma Hikari, a voice-automated holographic anime girl.

 

 

Gatebox Virtual Home Robot, With Aizuma Hikari

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Google Rolls Out New Actions For Its Network-Connected Speaker – Home

Anxious consumers, who preordered the Google Home finally, received news that their order was being shipped on November 16, 2016. Many customers were thrilled with their purchase, but others not so much, with complaints ranging from lack of versatility, to the inability to create a calendar. With this said, Google home is showing a ton of potential, but it has a long way to go to catch up with Amazon’s Echo.

 

Google Home Smart Speaker

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Amazon Establishes A Partnership With Intel To Extend Natural Voice Interaction

With such a variety of Smart interconnected products on the market, consumers will not have any issues making their home smarter. To move things on a little faster, Amazon partners with Intel to advance the Smart Home ecosystem even further. The companies will be working on two reference designs for an Intel-based Smart speaker, with Amazon Alexa integration.

Amazon Echo, With Speech Recognition Capabilities

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MONI Smart Security Establishes Partnership With August Home

Formerly known as Monitornics, MONI Smart Security established a partnership with August Home, in an effort to expand its commercial and residential customer base. August Home, a leading provider of Smart Locks, has seen much success with its innovative interconnected products. MONI has already partnered with some of the biggest names in the Smart Home industry, including Amazon, Honeywell, Nest and Skybell.

 

August Pro Smart Home Access System

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Smart Home Devices Are The Perfect Gift For A Couch Potato

Smart-connected devices are blowing up the market, because they offer innumerable benefits. For instance, a Smart remote control can be used to activate an electric outlet, switching the connected appliance or device on/off, from across the room. More and more consumers are filling their home with Smart Home appliances, electronics, lighting fixtures and other home accessories. All the while, the universal remote continues to get smarter and more powerful.

 

Samsung Smart TV

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