Internet-connected doorbells and smart door locks have been readily available for a while now. While the two products are distinctly different, they also loosely file under the same category in that they’re accessories for your home’s entryway.
Running with that idea, a team of engineers from Google, Sandia National Lab and Qualcomm quit their jobs a few years back to develop an apparatus that took the strengths of each product and rolled them into an all-encompassing smart home accessory.
Gate, which recently wrapped up an Indiegogo campaign that managed to raise 291 percent of its funding goal, is a Wi-Fi-connected smart deadbolt-style lock with 256-bit encryption that can be opened with a physical key and controlled remotely from a mobile device or computer.
There’s also a keypad entry system should you happen to forget your key and don’t have your phone on hand or if you want to grant other people temporary access to your home (think Airbnb). Gate can even send notifications to your phone each some someone unlocks the door.
What’s more, the smart lock features a motion-activated 720p camera with two-way audio that also serves as a doorbell. This functionality essentially eliminates the need for a smart doorbell system.
From inside the home, the lock can be opened and closed simply by spinning a dial. The lock runs on a rechargeable battery pack that should last about four months between charges. In the event the battery dies while you’re away, you can simply use the physical key to get inside. That likely won’t be a problem, however, as the lock will send push notifications a few days in advance telling you that the battery is running low.
Gate’s Indiegogo campaign wrapped up late last month although it appears as though you can still back the project. You’ll need to part ways with at least $274 for the deadbolt, a savings of $25 off the retail price. Early backers should receive their rewards in March 2017 barring any unforeseen hurdles.