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  • The Ola smart biometric entry lock eliminates the need to carry your smartphone or memorize a passcode

    An undercurrent of frustration has brewed ever since the first key-operated lock was invented some four thousand years ago, erupting to the fore each time a key is forgotten or goes missing and someone is locked out of their own home. Smart locks are one solution to this age-old problem, but many people have issues with their reliance on memorized passcodes or smartphones. Enter Ola, a smart lock that ditches keys altogether, relying instead on recognizing your fingerprint.

    Pulkit Chandna | 25 Jun | Read more

  • Contracts are optional with this DIY connected-home system

    Aside from the absence of a keypad control panel, the Abode connected-home/home-security system looks much like a product you'd buy from ADT, Vivint, or one of the other major home-security dealers. But the people behind this Kickstarter campaign consider those companies' business models to be out of step with what people need these days.

    Jake Widman | 14 Apr | Read more

  • iSmartAlarm is now armed with a dedicated IFTTT channel

    iSmartAlarm burst onto the smart-home scene with a rip-roaringly successful Indiegogo campaign two years ago, exceeding its funding goal many times over. Although none of that buzz was attendant upon the launch of its IFTTT (IF This Then That) channel last week, make no mistake it is an important milestone for a product that was beginning to look out of its depth against smarter, better-connected competitors.

    Pulkit Chandna | 25 Mar | Read more

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