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

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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.

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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Posted by Orrin Charm  on  03/12  at  01:28 AM

The first consumer-grade electronic deadbolt was the Weiser PowerBolt- I’ve had one for over 15 years (OK- I’m on my second one), and it’s not bad- I had to wire the remote transmitter to my home automation system, but it integrates quite well.

My biggest peeve with all of the new models is that none of them have a door sensor and re-lock function, that would enable the bolt to re-lock the door after it was closed.  Otherwise, people forget to lock it so either your door is usually unlocked, or you keep the latch locked, defeating the purpose.  It doesn’t really make sense to use the alarm system contact to tell the home automation system to tell the bolt to lock every time, does it?

My second biggest problem is that almost nobody can figure out how to unlock the door to exit- even CE Pros who should know!  Why not?  I have no idea, but about 80% of visitors struggle with it.  Really!

Finally, my new Ford car doors automatically open when I touch them, as long as I have my key fob in my pocket.  Easy!  Why can’t the door locks do that?  Maybe even sync to my Car fob . . .

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