Yale Locks & Hardware will make a selection of its digital home products available at b8ta, a new brick-and-mortar retailer dedicated to Internet of Things products and services. B8ta, founded by four Nest alum, is a Palo Alto-based, technology-driven store designed to “combine the best aspects of online shopping and a physical store.”
“The b8ta concept is one of the most innovative developments in retail in quite some time, and Yale is thrilled to be part of it,” Jason Williams, general manager of Yale Residential, said in a statement. “It’s a fantastic opportunity for Yale to reach consumers looking for the hottest technology products. We’re also very excited that we’ll be able to get real-time data on how the products are selling and update our in-store digital marketing materials and gauge reaction.”
Among the products that Yale ill make available at b8ta are its Yale Real Living Key Free Touchscreen Deadbolt and the new Yale Real Living Look Door Viewer. According to Yale, the Key Free Touchscreen Deadbolt, available now, supports both Z-Wave and Zigbee for home automation integration. The recently-announced Living Look Door Viewer, which will become available during the first quarter of 2016, allows homeowners to see who’s at their front door on a built-in LCD monitor or on a smartphone, Yale explained. WiFi connectivity allows two-way live video communication with a smartphone running its companion app. Yale said that a sample is in the b8ta store now.