If you’re in the market for a smart lock, then you already have a ton to pick from. Everyone from long-established lock manufacturers to small startups have their own solution to making homes more accessible and secure.
So it’s natural to wonder what Gate, a new smart lock system, brings to the table. One glance at the Gate’s long list of features makes the developers’ ambitions clear: they want to pack every smart lock feature you’ve heard of into a small, affordable, easy-to-install device.
Like other smart locks, it has a keyless entry system that allows you to enter with your phone. You can even unlock it remotely through the WiFi connection. But the Gate also includes motion detection, a camera for viewing visitors, and two-way audio. If you forget your wireless key, you can punch in a PIN on the included keypad. And should everything else fail, it includes a keyhole for the your old-school key. The Gate app allows users to track every entry on their phone.
The Gate envisions a broad number applications. Parents of latchkey children can keep close tabs on when they get home — and even chat with them when they arrive at the door. Homeowners can safely let service technicians in their home without giving away a key. Rental property owners can give temporary keys to renters. And business owners can let their suppliers onto their property, even after business hours.
If you’re interested in getting one for yourself, you can pre-order one through its Indiegogo campaign. As the time of writing, it has raised more than double its $70,000 fundraising goal with 60 days left. Like all crowdfunded projects, it’s best to hold off on the celebration until the product is finally released. But since it’s being developed by engineers who already have a few successful products under their belt, including a few who worked for Google X and Qualcomm, it probably safe to give Gate the benefit of the doubt.
The first Gates are expected to ship in March 2017.