Haven rethinks the smart lock

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Haven is a smart lock designed for the base of the door

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If you live in areas where burglaries are commonplace, keeping your house secure is a major concern. Connected smart locks like the Goji and Genie can help with peace of mind. Haven takes a slightly different approach to home security by moving the lock from the door to the floor.

Haven is basically a wedge fixed at the base of the door. When in unlock mode, the top of the device is flat to allow the door to pass over it. Motors raise an accordion lift gate to lock Haven behind the bottom center of the door.

Made with steel, glass reinforced nylon and aluminum, and measuring 3 x 30 x 0.8 in (7.62 x 76 x 2 cm), Haven is also a fully connected device, featuring both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth wireless technologies. A Li-ion battery with a backup unit is included which helps ensure the user can communicate with the device in case of power failure.

Users can lock and unlock Haven either locally with a key fob or remotely with a mobile device. If the user loses the phone, they can access Haven's portal from any computer to unlock it. In emergencies, a mechanical footplate lowers the accordion lift gate.

Haven also works as a kind of automation hub managed through mobile devices. Its Smart Detect Technology recognizes excessive force and sounds off an alert. In case of suspicious activities, Sync Haven will turn on connected smart lighting. The designers expect new functions will be devised as the Internet of Things expands in terms of application.

The product designers also thought of guests, in which case the host can share digital keys and set permissions with customizable expiry dates.

To help with the installation, the system will come with a template to place in front of the threshold to help align it properly. The user then needs to drill a hole in line with the template. Lag bolts are included to help secure the two mounting brackets to the floor. After that, Haven will latch into place.

The company has just launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds to further develop the lock and bring it to market. Both early bird specials have already gone, so backers will now need to stump up at least $269 (plus $40 to add a key fob). If all goes to plan, delivery is expected to start in August 2015.

Haven founders Alex Bertelli and Clay Banks make their pitch in the video below.

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