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The NextMarket Report — Kevo

Sesame Smart Lock Hits $1 Million on Kickstarter

Mike Wolf August Kevo Sesame smart lock

The smart lock category apparently still has some legs. The Sesame smart lock, which launched on Kickstarter on February 25th, has surpassed the $1 million funding threshold on Kickstarter. The lock, created by Candyhouse, has also just passed six thousand backers. While I'm not sure how well the lock will ultimately work, the Kickstarter campaign has been a well oiled machine from the very beginning. From the video (created by video production darling Sandwich Video  - the Sesame video itself features the familiar face of Sandwich video founder Adam Lisagor), to getting lots of tech press, to hitting its target early, the company...

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Smart Home Weekly: Bluetooth Mesh, Smart Kitchen, Xiaomi, Echo, Pebble, Icontrol

Mike Wolf Bluetooth HomeKit Icontrol Kevo Kwikset Mesh Pebble smart lock smart watch smartwatch SXSW Unikey Xiaomi

It's been one of those weeks in smart home where, while there were no big in-your-face smart home announcements, there were plenty of important developments on if you knew where to look. And that's what we did here for you in the Smart Home Weekly for the week of March 2, 2015. Before we get into it, just a couple things to mention: If you're going to SXSW, make sure to stop by our smart home panel (the only official smart home panel at SXSW) and RSVP for the smart home party I'm throwing after with the folks from the Z-Wave Alliance.  Subscribe...

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Kevo, Kwikset's Smart Lock, Pushes Android App Out of Beta

Mike Wolf Kevo Kwikset smart lock Unikey

Kevo, the smart lock from Kwikset based on the Unikey platform, has pushed its Android app out of beta. It was a big deal when Android finally got its Bluetooth Smart act together enough for Unikey and its team to create an Android app (The Kevo had been iOS only for most of its existence), but the downside to Android’s fragmented nature across a multitude of smartphone models is that only certain models have Android 5.0/Lollipop (the latest Android rev), meaning only those phones can use the Kevo app for Android. I have a less-than-year-old HTC One M8, a pretty cutting edge Android...

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