Most gay urbanites have social schedules that make “busy” an understatement. Their home is their castle — so, naturally, everything gravitates towards the royal scale. The dinners and brunches, fundraisers, gallery previews and theater after hours, private yoga sessions, martinis and book club gatherings, out of town guests and whatnot, plus the sex parties (OK, this one applies only to some gay urbanites — you know who you are!)
A holiday weekend at a friends’ house in the Bay Area recently made me feel I could add Concierge to my resume. Could you get the door? Even with a requisite please and thank you it left me exhausted. Now, as if right on cue, GATE: the first all-in-one smart lock. Open Sesame!
It combines any deadbolt lock with a LED touchpad, a two-way audio-video feed and a mobile app for remote control of access. What this means is you can interact with guests in real time, issue one time or personalized entry pin-codes, log and track all visits. From your phone. In your hand. Wherever you are (and regardless of whatever is in your other hand). Simple?
GATE took a team of PhD scientists a couple years to get right. The fact that they quit their Google gigs to pursue it says a lot about their confidence in the product. It takes guts to have balls, as my friends would quip. Faith and tenacity are admirable in any undertaking.
Long story short: I know what I am giving out as gifts — thoughtful yet practical, and stylish to boot — for Christmas this year!