Amazon Prime wants to know...will you let them in your house?


According to The Verge:

The service is called Amazon Key, and it relies on a Amazon’s new Cloud Cam and compatible smart lock. The camera is the hub, connected to the internet via your home Wi-Fi. The camera talks to the lock over Zigbee, a wireless protocol utilized by many smart home devices.



How the hell does it work? You don't go to the hardware store and make Amazon a copy of your key...

When a courier arrives with a package for in-home delivery, they scan the barcode, sending a request to Amazon’s cloud. If everything checks out, the cloud grants permission by sending a message back to the camera, which starts recording. The courier then gets a prompt on their app, swipes the screen, and voilà, your door unlocks. They drop off the package, relock the door with another swipe, and are on their way. The customer will get a notification that their delivery has arrived, along with a short video showing the drop-off to confirm everything was done properly. Credit: The Verge


Interested? Amazon Prime members can pre-order today. The Key app and actual delivery service starts November 8th. It's not free. The start up kit that includes everything you need is 249.99. That includes the smart lock, the connected camera and free instillation.

Mmmm, I don't know. I think I'll risk it that my neighbors won't steal my packages....




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