Home, smart home: 4 IoT startups keeping you connected to your apartment

by Liz Warren
June 28, 2017

How intelligent is your home? If it’s equipped with any IoT devices, it likely scores pretty high on the smart scale. From systems that prevent lockouts to devices that regulate the temperature in each room, there’s technology that controls virtually every corner of your home.

 

Want to know what’s happening in your home when you’re not in it? Canary’s got you covered. Founded in 2012, the New York City-based technology startup makes a sleek device and accompanying home monitoring service to make homes a little more safe. Users set the product wherever they want an extra pair of eyes, and instantly have access to its camera. The technology is adaptive and senses when you leave your home. From there, it transitions into “away” mode and reports any detected activity directly to your phone.

 

Never experience the soul-shattering feeling of getting locked out of your apartment ever again. Keyme, an NYC-based company that received $25 million in its latest funding round, lets you copy keys without hassle. If you’re locked out and your roommate has the key, just get them to download the app and snap a few pictures. Then, find a Keyme kiosk (they’re located all over the city), and your key will be printed in seconds. No angry landlord necessary, and you’ll even get to pick out a cool design.

 

Central air doesn’t have to be as expensive as it sounds. NYC-based Keen Home works with your current central air system to save energy and money and perfectly heat or cool your home. Using the app, you can customize the temperature of your home, room by room and hour by hour. That means you’ll be able to lower the heat in the kitchen while you sleep and increase it in your bedroom by adjusting the settings on your mobile device.

 

Latch is a system for managing every door in an apartment, office or enterprise building. Once the door handle is installed, users can unlock it using the app on their phone or a traditional key. You can give out time-limited codes for guests and get push notifications when someone uses the code to access the building or unit. Since its launch in 2014, it has received three rounds of funding, including its most recent $10 million series A in May 2017.

 

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