Doorbot Teaches Old Doors New Tricks

Doorbot Teaches Old Doors New Tricks

One of the more high-profile players in the streaming video doorbell scene.

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Drop Weighs In

Drop Weighs In

This cooking scale from Drop connects to an iPad app that makes sure measurements are accurate for recipes.

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Garmin Goes Golfing

Garmin Goes Golfing

Announced last week, Garmin's Approach S6 watch helps improve one's golf swing.

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Hasbro Brings Digital to Board Games

Hasbro Brings Digital to Board Games

From Monoply to Angry Birds, the toy and game company is pairing the real world with digital.

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Honeywell's Lyrical Response to Nest

Honeywell's Lyrical Response to Nest

Lyric, announced this month, is a new entry in the smart thermostat market.

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Out of the Shark Tank

Out of the Shark Tank

UniKey faces a feeding frenzy of rivals in smart locks nipping at its heels.

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LEGO Fusion Captures the Real

LEGO Fusion Captures the Real

Announced last week, Lego Fusion lets players take photos of select building blocks to use in the game.

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Right Pieces for Play

Right Pieces for Play

Players can then interact with the blocks after they have been captured for the digital game.

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Okidokeys Smart Locks

Okidokeys Smart Locks

Whether by smartphone, key fob, or smart card, seems like everyone wants access to this market.

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WiseHome Sensors for Everything

WiseHome Sensors for Everything

Two-way camera, a motion detector, a multipurpose camera. a sensor that detects other alarms, and an emergency call button are just some of the devices Oplink Connected has developed.

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SkyBell Pushing Buttons, Streaming Video

SkyBell Pushing Buttons, Streaming Video

More and more companies in the video doorbell market are chiming in.

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New Matter Preps for Market

New Matter Preps for Market

A mock-up of the MOD-t 3D printer New Matter plans to release. They also brought along a working model.

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If someone builds a better doorknob, will the world beat a path to their door?

Well, at least the competition will drop by for a look.

That was the case at last week’s Digital Experience gadget show in New York. It was one of several events that Pepcom puts on each year where consumer electronics companies try to catch the eyes of journalists and industry analysts. Familiar names such as Doorbot and UniKey Technologies showed off their electronic twists on old entryways—alongside rivals offering similar products.

Doorbot in Santa Monica, CA, makes a camera and doorbell that lets homeowners see live video, through a smartphone app, of their visitors and communicate with them.

Winter Park, FL-based UniKey created, in conjunction with Kwikset, electronic lock Kevo that opens with a touch, if the person has the right digital key on their smartphone. Both Doorbot and UniKey have been featured on “Shark Tank,” trying to impress a slate of potential investors.

Digital Experience was not a contest, but there was clearly competition. For instance, SkyBell Technologies of Irvine, CA showed up with its live video doorbell that connects to the homeowner’s smartphone. And then there was Okidokeys, which operates out France and the United States, with its electronic locks and smartphone keys on display as well.

The fight to be a device of choice in connected homes only starts at the front door, as seen in the above slideshow. Last week’s event included smart thermostats, sensors for temperature and motion, and an electric socket that can be turned on and off remotely by smartphone. Beyond gadgets for houses, there were also wearable devices and electronic games that use physical objects as part of onscreen play.

It is becoming more commonplace to see connected devices that marry the virtual sphere to the real world. Digital Experience, though unaffiliated, once again precedes CE Week, the midyear consumer electronics conference running this week in New York. Early word is new connected devices will be on display as companies look for more ways to make the Internet of Things part of, well, everything.

The Author

João-Pierre S. Ruth is the editor of Xconomy New York. He can be reached at jpruth@xconomy.com and followed on Twitter @jpruth.