Freddy Cloud

Frederick (“Freddy”) Cloud has had a passion for all things electronic since he “accidently” caused the class Commodore PET to malfunction in 8th grade.

“I swear. I didn’t do it on purpose” He was quoted as saying to a very unhappy computer teacher…

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Day 1 at CES with Kwikset

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Greetings from sunny (and a tad chilly) Las Vegas and the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show!

On my first day at CES I got to spend more time with Kwikset and the Kevo smart lock, so I want to talk a bit more about it. Again, what Kevo does is allow you to lock and unlock your door using either a keyfob that comes with the the lock, or an application that you install on your iPhone. Both the keyfob and the iPhone app allows you to unlock the lock using Bluetooth.

Yes, THAT Bluetooth. The same Bluetooth that you use with your hands-free headset, the same Bluetooth that lets you wirelessly stream music from your phone to Bluetooth-enabled speakers in your home or car. That same Bluetooth functionality is going to let you unlock your door. How? Glad you asked. While at the Kwikset booth, I asked Larry Goldman who is at CES for Kwikset to give me a demonstration on how Kevo worked …

Kwikset is working to get an Android version of the application available in the near future, but for right now the Kevo app is only available for the iPhone 4S and above, along with the fifth generation iPod Touch and third generation or higher iPad/iPad Mini. Also not shown at CES is the Kevo Bluetooth Gateway, which is going to allow you to lock and unlock your Kevo remotely. I’ll have more information on that as it gets closer to being released this summer.

One of the questions that come up when you discuss any type of wireless technology is how secure it is. To increase it’s digital security, Kevo uses multiple levels of encryption and it is continually reviewed by independent digital security expert. That, along with the fact that Kwikset has been in the business of securing peoples homes for over 60 years, should help you feel safe with using the Kevo for your home.

For day three, I’m going to tell you about the new Smartcode Deadbolt that now has Home Connect Technology built into it. What’s that? I’ll tell you a bit more about it tomorrow …

Talk to you soon!

Freddy C.

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