The August Smart Lock revealed to the world that there were more convenient ways to access your home than with the use of a mechanical key. The lock was released on the market October 14, 2014, with an updated version following a year later. The August lock can now be found in thousands of homes throughout the United States, but it may not be prepared to take on the much-anticipated Gate Smart Lock. This Smart lock is embedded with various components that will enhance its functionality:
- Two-way speaker system
- Motion-activated 720p camera
- LED-lit touch keypad
- Call button
- Onboard rechargeable battery pack (4-month run time)
- Keyway for manual entry
Gate Labs is the brain behind the Gate Smart Lock, comprised of two former Google engineers. Ehsan Saeedi CEO of Gate Labs hopes the lock will be the access solution that many homeowners have been waiting for, especially for those that spend a lot of time traveling and away from home. Instead of being forced to hand over a mechanical key to the dog walker or plumber, you will be able to provide them with a temporary e-key code or remote access.
Once the Gate app is downloaded to the iOS or android device, homeowners will be able to lock/unlock their front door from anywhere around the world. The “Call Button” will allow unexpected visitors to contact the homeowner and the two-way speaker system will allow the two to communicate. The homeowners will have the option of providing the visitor with a temporary e-code, which can be input into the keypad for instant access.
The tiny 720p camera will provide homeowners will visibility of the area in front of their home. Also, a live-stream video is available, just by accessing the app interface. When the motion sensor is activated, an alert will automatically be transmitted to the app-enabled device. Users will also be alerted when the battery reaches the minimum power level, but just in case you forgot to recharge and the battery is completely dead, the mechanical key will act as the emergency backup.
If you are interested in the Gate Smart Lock, be sure to head over the Indiegogo website. As of today, the campaign has raised $79,289 from 317 backers. You can support this innovative idea also by contributing a small donation or snagging an Early Bird Special, reducing the retail price by as much as 40%.
If you are looking for a good alternative, be sure to check out the Kwikset Smart lock at Amazon today.