CES is where everything smart converges, and the 2022 edition is no exception. Masonite, a maker of high-end doors, has announced the M-Pwr Smart Door.
The last time you walked through your front door, did you wonder whether it could be smart? Masonite thinks it should and, hence, is showing off its smart door, the M-Pwr Smart Door. This swinging piece of technological marvel is the product of a collaboration with Ring and Yale, and it integrates power, lights, sensors, smart lock, and video doorbell.
This is a sturdy door that you can use as the main entrance into your own.
Being a smart door does not mean it has to look ugly or nerdy. Masonite has made the M-Pwr Smart Door from premium fiberglass, and you can select for different styling, colors, and finishing.
The installation is a bit more intense because you need a professional to connect to your home electrical wiring and Wi-Fi network. Note that the M-Pwr Smart Door does not rely on a rechargeable battery to function, although there is a backup battery that can last 24 hours in case of a power outage.
Inside this smart door, you will find a video doorbell from Ring, a Yale smart lock that works with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, a PIR motion sensor that also works with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, a sensor that detects if the door is open or closed, and a LED lighting that is activated by motion.
Masonite has made sure the door components are upgradable because the door could outlast the tech, even though they are amazing at the moment. According to Cory Sorice, SVP and chief innovation officer of Masonite International, “Components are homeowner replaceable. The door will last decades, but the tech won’t — so it’s designed to make upgrades over time.”
Sorice also mentioned that Masonite will work with other companies to extend the usability of the door and mentions possible collaboration with Google Nest.
Designing the M-Pwr Smart Door was no easy task because the design team had to come up with a solution for the problems that have prevented other door makers from making a smart door. Sorice revealed that the power management and connectivity module, the bedrock of the whole concept, took more than a year.
However, Masonite still has some issues to resolve. For example, you need three separate apps to use the door, making it the opposite of a seamless experience. There is an app for the doorbell from Ring, another app to control the Yale lock, and Masonite’s own app for controlling the lighting and monitoring the door itself.
Making things more complicated, Yale has a door lock that works with Ring, but the model in the M-Pwr Smart Door does not.
If you want to look at the bright side, however, having different apps lets you swap out the components as you wish, and you are not locked into an ecosystem.
Another complication is that, for now, only new-builds can use the M-Pwr Smart Door. Barringer Homes has been installing the first models in their building projects in North Carolina. Masonite hopes to work with more partners in the future. With this arrangement, it means the final price of the M-Pwr Smart Door is determined by the builder.
Masonite is aware of the missed opportunity in only working with new-builds because a large portion of the work in the construction industry is renovation. Hence, it is currently working on a solution for existing buildings. The company thinks it will have the package ready within one and two years from now.
Masonite has not announced any price, but there is no doubt it will be on the expensive side, meaning even when it becomes available for existing homes, folks who are not financially buoyant may be priced out.