The coolest Smart Lock at CES is invisible – CNET



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This story is part of CES 2020, our complete coverage of the showroom and the latest technical equipment.

The majority of the smart home area consists of touchscreens and stunning graphics. AI, VR and shiny new digital ways to do everything (and probably with a camera too) are all around us. Sometimes the coolest technology is the technology you don't see at all. The level lock confirmed that for me when I saw it in action here CES 2020 in Las Vegas,

There is not much to look at and that is the whole point. The level lock is hidden in your door and only replaces the internal components of your existing lock. Remove the outer parts, put the latch back into the level lock and put the parts back on the door.

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The level lock only replaces the inside of your lock to ensure your regular hardware smart lock functionality.

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You can continue to use your old keys, but with all the functions added by a Smart lock, including:

  • Share access with friends or family in the app
  • Remote unlocking with HomeKit
  • Siri voice control to lock or unlock
  • Auto unlocking with geofencing
  • Automatic locking if your door stays open too long
  • Keyless entry with your mobile phone

How can the Level Lock be powered without a large container with an AA battery on the back of your door? I'm so glad you asked. A CR2 lithium battery is used, which is hidden in the latch. It's frankly one of the coolest lock power solutions I've ever seen. People at Level Home say the battery should last a year and the lock itself has been tested for 1 million operations.

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The Level Lock battery is in the latch.

This smart lock is a great option for someone who doesn't want to advertise their home's tech by attaching a fancy keyboard with smart locks to the front door. It's the kind of smart home innovation that makes me smile because it's innovative, understated, and thoughtfully designed without adding more screens to my life.

The level lock uses Bluetooth to connect to your smart home and make the most of remote access or HomeKit voice commands. You need a HomeKit bridge, e.g. B. an Apple TV or an iPad. Nothing is known about a possible integration with Google Assistant or Amazon Alexa.

The level lock is still in the pre-order phase for $ 199, but will increase to $ 249 (around £ 190 or AU $ 360) when it hits stores later this year.