Automated Door Locks Flood CES 2013: How Smart are They?

Following leaders Schlage, Kwikset, Black & Decker and Yale, numerous start-ups introduced automated door locks at CES 2013. Here's the round-up.

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Lockitron by Apigy With its new Lockitron Deadbolt, demonstrated in the Eureka Park section of CES, Apigy has created "the first device that lets you lock your door from anywhere in the world using any phone ...." Well, not exactly, but this unattractive $199 lock does include both Bluetooth and WiFi and can replace virtually any existing deadbolt. The Bluetooth 4.0 is used for keyless entry if you have an iPhone 4S or 5. Users can grant virtual keys to their Bluetooth phone-wielding guests. WiFi is available for remote monitoring and access via the Internet; Virtual keys can be granted for WiFi use so guests can lock and unlock doors via the Internet. The company explains that, for older phones, users can text the door to unlock/lock with a monthly fee. OVERVIEW: Native Communications: Bluetooth, Wi-Fi Integration friendliness: 0/5 (standalone solution) Retrofit: Replaces virtually all doors and locks, even non-standard Keyless entry: Bluetooth, Internet Aesthetics/finish options: 2/5 Bonus points: 0
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