To smart lock or not to smart lock—it’s a legitimate question in the age of the “smart home.” There’s no shortage of choices if you decide that you do want an app-controlled entrance to your home, and now you can add another option to your list.
Gate is a new startup that’s peddling an “all-in-one” entry system that acts like a personal doorman (minus the actual doorman). Like other smart locks, you can control the $350 device remotely via a phone app, send activation codes, and use a physical key as backup. The main difference is that the chrome disk of a gadget also has two-way audio and a built-in camera that captures its surroundings though a 150-degree wide-angle lens camera.
A team of ex-Google electrical engineers designed Gate, which might be evident given its utilitarian appearance and stuffed-to-the-brim interface. And while its functionality is fairly straightforward, Gate’s founders are already thinking about how to build in biometric authentication—think fingerprints and facial recognition—in the not too distant future.