Ever since Lockitron hit the scene a couple years ago, dozens of other hardware startups have jumped on the smart lock bandwagon and produced their own take on the idea. Today, there’s no shortage of them, but no matter what model you choose, none are particularly stellar when it comes to battery life.
Genie, an upcoming smart lock from a startup of the same name, aims to remedy this problem. Using a novel network connection scheme, the lock (which is still in the early prototype stages at this point) will reportedly be able to operate for a full year on the same set of batteries. This stands in stark contrast to most other locks, which typically require new batteries after just a couple months. Also, just to be clear, we’re talking about locks that can be closed and opened remotely, not just locks that open when you get close, like Kevo.
Speaking with TechCrunch, Genie founder Joel McAndrew sheds some light on why such high battery life is tough to pull off:
“One of the main issues facing smart lock developers is power management and ensuring battery life is at an acceptable level,” he said, pointing to the problems Lockitron has had with battery life. “Current devices must play a trade off between the usability of the device (how frequently the device checks for a wi-fi signal) and the battery life.”… see more