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Smart lock maker Otto suspends operations

Otto showed the world its digital lock in August. Four months later, the company has suspended operations. Hardware is hard. It’s a cliche for a reason. The company made the decision just ahead of t

Latch touts first deliveries via NY Jet.com smart access tie-up

In July b2b smart access startup Latch announced a partnership with ecommerce platform Jet.com to install 1,000 of its smart locks on residential apartment buildings in New York. It's now announced t

The canaries in a coal mine

I’ve seen startups come and go over the years and I was particularly interested to see what happened to August Home today. The company originally tapped Yves Behar to make a better smart lock,

Swedish lock giant Assa Abloy acquires smart lock maker August Home

The smart home market continues to heat up, and the legacy giants do not want to get locked out: quite literally. This morning, Assa Abloy, the $23 billion Swedish lock giant that owns Yale and many o

August announces new smart locks and a smart doorbell

August has updated its smart lock line with a new Pro version with Bluetooth, HomeKit, and Wi-Fi support, as well as the more basic model for $149. They’ve also announced the Doorbell Cam Pro fo

Otto is betting people will pay $700 for a premium smart lock

What’s the biggest thing holding back smart locks? Pricing? Consumer awareness? Security concerns? Bay Area-based startup Otto believes the issue is due, in part, to aesthetics. Today the company sh

Latch adds HomeKit-approved smart lock to its enterprise suite

Enterprise-grade smart lock startup Latch has added a third product to its portfolio. The 'Latch C' is notable as its first smart lock to be certified to work with Apple's HomeKit.

Update bricks smart locks preferred by Airbnb

A subset of smart locks made by Lockstate have been bricked after an update. The smart lock vendor is part of Airbnb's Host Assist program, and integrates with the accommodation rental platform so, f

August Home raises another $25 million as it expands service partnerships for its smart locks

When August Home raised its last big round nearly two and half years ago, the smart lock maker was targeting retail expansion. That’s still part of the plan for the company’s new $25 million Serie

Jet.com is installing Latch access systems in 1,000 NYC apartment buildings for easier deliveries

Jet, the online retailer bought by Walmart last year, has struck a deal with smart access provider Latch in an effort to make deliveries easier for its customers in urban areas. Over 100,000 residents

Enterprise smart lock player Latch snags another $10M

New York based Latch has topped up its Series A with a further $10 million in external funding, bringing on a new investor RRE Ventures. Existing investors also participated.

Latch tools up with second smart access product for offices, apartment blocks

New York-based smart lock maker Latch, which targets the enterprise market, selling its locks plus a subscription digital entry management service to building owners wanting to offer value-add service

Bitlock crowdfunded a smart bike lock in 2013. What happened next?

Two and a half years ago Bitlock set out to crowdfund a smart bike lock at a time when hype around connected devices was surging and goodwill in crowdfunding platforms was buoyant. Since then both cat

After Two Years In Stealth, Smart Lock Maker Latch Talks Funding, Features

On the surface, the smart lock space can seem pretty crowded already, with names like Lockitron and August and Kisi apparently in play for several years. But New York based Latch contends it's mostly

August Debuts Three Products And Its Partner Platform ‘August Access’

Unlocking your door might not sound exciting, but once you've seen an August Smart Lock in action, you'll change your mind. The company behind it, August, is doubling down on the connected home with a

August’s Smart Lock Goes On Sale Online And At Apple Retail Stores For $250

After more than a year since it was first announced, the <a target="_blank" href="http://www.august.com/">August Smart Lock</a> is finally going on sale. The device will be shipping to pre-order custo

Noke Is A Simple, Keyless Bluetooth Padlock To Share Access To Your Stuff

Meet Noke: a water-resistant connected padlock that doesn't need a physical key to be unlocked -- the clue is in the name, which is pronounced 'no-key' -- instead it uses Bluetooth connectivity as the

TEO Is A Smart Padlock That You Control Via Bluetooth From Your Smartphone

Smart locks are all the rage these days, and it makes sense: using a device instead of a hardware key means you’re far less likely to lose the means to opening the lock, and you can do it remote

Home Automation Startup August Raises $8 Million From Maveron To Make Smart Locks Mainstream

Home automation startup <a target="_blank" href="http://www.august.com/">August</a> is getting ready to start shipping its first product to consumers early next year. But first, it's raised a bit more

BitLock Is A Smart Bike Lock That Lets You Share Your Bike, Map & Track Your Rides

BitLock is a smart lock for your bike that uses Bluetooth LE/4.0 to do away with physical keys -- allowing you to lock and unlock your ride based on the proximity of your smartphone to your bike (or d