In October, colleagues were telling us about Lockitron, a connected lock that was expected to be marketed in early 2013 after raising more than two million dollars through a successful crowdfunding campaign. But the hardware is difficult and everything that could go wrong went wrong.
Finding a partner in China capable of making your product with the quality you expect and at the speed you need is not trivial, there are more types of locks than you might think and people’s Wi-Fi routers are not always capable of getting the signal through with enough intensity so that your battery-operated device doesn’t have to struggle to stay connected, considerably reducing its autonomy to the point of leaving more than one locked up in his own house or, worse? Hanging in the street.
Now, the company has returned, and claims to have learned its lesson with Bolt, a new model redesigned from scratch, with better materials, smaller and an even lower price: 99 dollars compared to 179 dollars in which the original lock was sold in advance.
To begin with, Bolt is based on Bluetooth LE, so we are guaranteed considerably more autonomy while using functions such as Sense, to open or close the door automatically when we approach it with our phone in our pocket.
Other functions like the remote control (to open perhaps to the messenger and that can leave the package while we are our) or access to the activity log (something horrifying in terms of the privacy of your roommates, if you ask me), you will need a small Wi-Fi adapter of 49 dollars called Bridge, and that connected to our router to bridge this and the lock through Bluetooth.
Bolt is one of the many 2.0 lock options that will be available shortly, including Augustus Smart Lock and Schlage Sense, both compatible with HomeKit. In the past Lockitron has claimed to feel a great interest in making its lock compatible with Apple’s API but the new model is still not and precisely the electronic locks are one of the categories that Apple has decided not to support using adapters for security reasons.
Maybe waiting is the most sensible thing to do, don’t you think? Especially given the background.