Tech & Science August smart locks can now let the delivery driver into your home

18:13  09 january  2018
18:13  09 january  2018 Source:   Engadget

Smart lock maker Otto suspends operations

  Smart lock maker Otto suspends operations Otto showed the world its digital lock in August. Four months later, the company has suspended operations. The company made the decision just ahead of the holidays, a fact that founder and CEO Sam Jadallah recently made public with a lengthy Medium post now pinned to the top of the startup’s site. The extended survey of the Bay Area company’s short life is punctuated with the pithy title, “So Close,” a nod to the spitting distance the startup came to actually bringing a product to market.

Walmart is hoping you trust the company enough to let its delivery drivers into your home even if you're not in. The retailer has teamed up with smart home accessories-maker August Home to test a new delivery method in Silicon Valley

Amazon delivery drivers will be able to let themselves into our homes and drop off packages in the hallway starting in November. Granting remote access to your home is nothing new. Smart lock companies like August already offer such For now , these include smart locks by Yale and Kwikset.

a man sitting on a table © Provided by Engadget While Amazon continues to toy with the idea of granting delivery drivers one-time access to your front door (or car trunk) to safely stow packages away from nimble-fingered thieves, August Home has gone ahead and added the functionality to its line of smart locks. The company announced on Tuesday that it is teaming with same-day delivery service, Deliv, to offer in-home package drops.

Dubbed "August Access" the new feature will work on all August Smart Locks, as well as Yale residential locks and a smattering of commercial ones (ie the ones at the main entrance of apartment complexes). So, if you order same-day delivery from a website that's partnered with Deliv, you'll have the option to opt in for in-home delivery. Doing so generates a one-time password that the delivery driver can use to open the August lock and gain access. And to make sure that there's no shenanigans taking place, customers can watch the delivery take place in real time or view a recording of it later.

Comment - Pretty Soon A Smart Assistant Won't Be A Choice .
I recently bought three Google Home Minis =- two for me, and one for my lovely parents. At home, my pair works like a deeply discounted Sonos setup. I can tell Google's Assistant to play a song on "both speakers," and it will pipe tinny, still-decent-sounding music into my bedroom and living room. At my parents' house, its a goofy gift that, I hope, will ultimately help my mum listen to Paul Simon while she's upcycling furniture.For the price I paid, I think my Minis were an excellent deal, at least until I grow sick of Google's digital assistant.

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