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FCC Photos Reveal Apple’s Mystery Device – An Electronic Lock

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.

 

Apple Mystery Device Appears To Be An Electronic Lock

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Examining The August Smart Lock More In-Depth

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.

 

August Pro Smart Home Access System

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Exploring The Differences And Similarities In The Schlage Connect And Schlage Sense Smart Locks

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.

 

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.

 

Schlage Sense Smart Deadbolt

Shlage Sense Bluetooth Deadbolt

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Taking A More In-Depth Look At The Schlage Sense Bluetooth Deadbolt

The Schlage Sense Bluetooth Deadbolt showcased at CES 2015 and finally went on sale November 1st the same year. The lock drew lots of attention from spectators, because it was integrated with Apple HomeKit protocols that had been embedded into iPhones, since 2014.

The Schlage Sense was actually the first HomeKit-compatible Smart Lock, putting it on a very competitive edge. This compatibility allows homeowners to unlock their door utilizing Siri commands.

 

 

Schlage Sense Smart Deadbolt

Shlage Sense Bluetooth Deadbolt

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Kwikset Obsidian Smart Lock Review

Kwikset, an American-based lock manufacturer, was founded in 1946, which says a lot about the company’s history and ability to satisfy consumers. The company joined the Smart Lock industry in 2013, with the introduction of the Kwikset Kevo 1st Generation Bluetooth Smart Lock. Since this time, Kwikset launched the second version of the Kevo and several other Smart Locks.

Kwikset Obsidian Smart Lock

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Go Keyless With The Kwikset Obsidian Or Kwikset Premis

Millions of consumers have already traded their traditional deadbolt in for a Smart lock. However, when it comes to security, just any ole’ Smart Lock will do. Instead of putting your home at risk, you should secure your front door with either the Kwikset Obsidian or Kwikset Premis Smart Lock.

 

Kwikset Obsidian Smart lock

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Sylvania Smart Home Unveils The First Ever Apple HomeKit-Enabled Hub-Free Smart Bulb

Sylvania Electric Products, an American–based manufacturer of electrical components, announced Tuesday it will display the first ever hub-free HomeKit-enabled Smart bulb. Apple’s Home app and Siri, Apple’s virtual assistant, can control the Sylvania Smart Multicolor A19 Bulb.

 

Sylvania Lightify Smart LED Bulb And Hub

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The HomeKit-Enabled Kwikset Premis Smart Lock Review

Karl Rhinehart and Adolf Schoepe founded Kwikset, a leading provider of door locks and locksets, in 1946. Having much success with the traditional door lock, the company finally decided to join the Smart Lock industry. Today, Kwikset has an extensive Smart Lock product line, with models that support an array of third-party network-connected products and devices.

 

Kwikset Premis Smart Lock

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New Homes In Promenade At Communications Hill Community Will Feature Smart Home Systems

KB Home is an industry leader and prominent homebuilder in the United States. Since, the Company opened in 1957, it has built around 600,000 new homes throughout the nation. KB homeowners have been very satisfied with their new homes, because they feature some of the most unique floor plans, with a balcony or deck.

 

Promenade at Communications Hill

 

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Apple Taking Over HomeKit Devices

By now, everyone is familiar with Smart Home Technology, which makes it easier to control your home’s electronics and appliances from anywhere around the world? Well, Apple just unveiled their new app called “Home”. This app will allow users to control all their Home Automated devices via their iPhone, iPad, iPod and Apple TV. The app will also work in conjunction with Siri, which will allow users to control their devices with audible commands.

Along with all of this, Home will also be compatible with Apple Watches, so that users can control all their Smart Home devices right from their wrist. It was just two years ago, when Apple released their HomeKit Technology and now they are innovating the market again with this new app.

The Home app will allow users to group multiple devices together, so they can be controlled simultaneously, by creating custom “scenes”. For instance, you can create a featured scene titled “Good Night” that will switch all of your lights off and close the shades simultaneously. Users will also be able to control their devices individually, by accessing the “Favorite Accessories” located within the app’s interface.

Apple is known for the restrictive measures that they often take, when it comes to allowing Smart Home companies to install the HomeKit chip into their devices, leaving them with no alternative, but to make reengineering alterations to their hardware. As everyone already knows, Google has the Nest and Amazon has Echo, which is currently compatible with multiple third-party devices. Amazon basically bypassed Apple and developed their voice-automated virtual assistant, Alexa.

With Home, users will be able to access the live stream feed from their Smart locks, doorbells, and wireless security cameras right from their iPhone lock screen. This feature will definitely offer a lot of convenience, since there will be no need to access the app’s interface.

As you can imagine this is truly a unique app that will give you complete control over your Smart Home devices. Home is coming to iOS 10 and will not be available until next autumn, so everyone will have to sit and wait to see its true innovation.

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