It may not be the first thing that pops to mind when you're thinking of holiday gifts, but a new front door lock may actually be a cooler, more thoughtful gift than you realize. NY1's Adam Balkin filed the following report.
If you think a new front door lock isn't the most thoughtful holiday gift, you obviously haven't seen one of the front door locks like the $220 Kwikset Kevo Bluetooth deadbolt.
"You can carry your smartphone, and as you approach the deadbolt, it knows who you are, and via touch, allows you to activate the deadbolt," says Keith Brandon of Kwikset.
Right now, the Kevo works with the iPhone 4S and up. Android and Blackberry support is in the works.
There are three key things you should know that should help allay some fears. One is that it will also work with a standard key in case your phone battery is dead. The second is, in the event your phone is stolen, you can go online and instantly de-link your phone from your lock so it won't work anymore. The third thing is, if you have youngsters in the house who don't have a phone yet, there are also Bluetooth key fobs you can hand out to unlock the door.
Another item, the $200 Doorbot, is not quite a lock but is instead a Wi-Fi-enabled doorbell, so no matter where you are in the world, you can see, and have a conversation with, anyone at your door.
"You can see them and reject the call if it's an unwanted visitor, or accept and say hello and talk to them," says Jamie Siminoff of Doorbot. "And it's voice, so it's cool. You can talk to them and see them."
Finally, for around $250, the Goji Smart Lock is a bit of a combination of the previous two. The door, as you near with your phone, unlocks as you approach it. Plus, it can help serve as video surveillance.
"As someone's approaching, we take the picture before the person actually arrives, so we make sure that way that we actually get the face of that person," says Gabriel Bestard of Goji Smart Locks. "And then, when that person interacts with the lock, we do have sensors on the lock that knows if you're knocking or even if you're banging on the door and trying to break in. Then, we send you the picture along with a message of what's going on around your door."
Just like with the Kevo, it can be opened with a standard key, allows you to deactivate your phone in case it's stolen, and also works with Bluetooth key fobs. The Goji Smart Lock, though, is compatible with iPhones and Androids.