Some of you guys might not have noticed, but there is a fair amount of locks and padlocks that are made by the company Yale. Usually their brand is engraved so it isn’t particularly obvious, but grab a padlock or look at the lock on your door and chances of it being Yale is pretty high. The company has been making traditional locks for more than a century and now it looks like they’re starting to dabble in more modern locks.
This has resulted in a smart lock that the company is calling Linus. While smart locks are pretty common these days, what makes the Linus different is the fact that it can communicate with Nest devices directly, effectively making it the first third-party gadget to do so, and this is thanks to the Nest Weave technology.
What this means is that the lock does not rely on WiFi to communicate with other devices. Nest designed the Weave to ensure that in the event the WiFi is down or unstable, devices are still able to communicate with each other. Prior to this, the Weave technology was limited to Nest’s own products but they have opened it up, and the Yale Linus smart lock will be one of the first to take advantage of it.
So what can the Yale Linus lock do? Just like most smart locks, it allows users to control it remotely. So if you have a house guest coming, you can unlock the door for them even if you’re not home. It can be locked and unlocked using passcodes, and it will also be able to tell users who came and went.
Pricing and availability of the Yale Linus lock is unknown for now, except that it is expected to arrive in 2016. So if you’d like to learn more, head on over to Yale’s website or watch the video above for some examples.