Smart Lock Gets Thundering Support
NEST is generally acknowledged to be the trail blazer in pioneering devices aimed at creating a smart home and proving to investors that many consumers would pay high prices for home devices that were useful and easy to operate. Now, many observers are beginning to wonder which smart products for the home could have the potential to become bestsellers in 2015.
It is certainly beginning to appear that smart locks and related security devices for the home may well fall into this category. Naturally, for these devices to be popular with consumers, they must be easy to use and provide a positive return compared to existing devices. This is because simply adding greater complexity does not add value for consumers who switch to newer innovations.
Locks have proven to be time-tested technology since locks and keys made their appearance more than a millennium ago. Classic locks are elegant and easy to operate and smart locks must provide clear benefits in making life that much easier for users. A number of start-ups have tried to meet this challenge including the likes of August, Kevo, and Lockitron all of which are aiming to offer smart locks within the price range of $180 to $300.
They have all waited for the appropriate niche to appear in the market and have avoided the trap of creating just another gadget for the home that may be cool but does not really match-up in terms of functionality. In addition to being of proven value, they also need to be durable and long-lasting.
The Benefits and Opportunities of Quality Smart Locks
There are plenty of benefits to be derived from smart locks which work well and are affordable. For instance, think of the convenience of allowing a short term guest or a repairman, temporary access to your home while you are away by simply using an app on your smart phone. You can also borrow a smart phone in case you perform the electronic equivalent of misplacing your house keys.
There are plenty of smart products being developed for the home and it will take something exceptional for a smart lock to succeed.
The opportunities are limited only by your imagination. For instance, an Airbnb user will only wish to provide temporary short-term access to the home for a guest without going through the hassle of personal contact. A smart lock can enable the user to empower the smartphone belonging to a guest for a specified length of time. Similarly, business travelers at large hotel chains can avoid the hassle of queues and reduce time for checking in simply by using a smartphone.
There are risks associated with every developing technology but these are teething problems that should get sorted out as the products become popular and the tech advances. The products are also likely to improve user experience as the manufacturers collect feedback over a period of time. The benefits are undeniable and it is just a question of making them materialize and available on the market for the general consumer to access.