3 smart locks that are opening the door to an automated keyless future

Smart LockYour entire home is connected and saving you energy while keeping your family safe from fire, theft and other emergencies. Now it’s time to connect your front door to your pocket with smart lock, and while you’re at it, forget worrying about losing your key.

Enter Smart Door Lock technology: keyless entry systems that automatically communicate with your smart phone the moment you walk up to your front door. Once installed (either DIY or by a professional), you just need to download an app, sync your device, and let the future begin! Below are brief introductions with pros and cons of the 3 most popular smart locks that are coming soon to the home automation market.

Goji Smart Lock

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The Goji Smart Lock takes pictures of who is at your door and automatically sends you picture alerts to your mobile phone. Other features are very similar to the three options below, including: keyless entry via close proximity to the smart lock with smartphone in your hand or pocket, programmable electronic access keys with ability to set specific access schedules, bluetooth and wi-fi technology, and a circular, nest-like aesthetic.

WHAT WE LIKE:

  • Easy keyless entry
  • Instant picture message sent to phone of person at the door
  • Set access schedules electronically
  • 24/7 customer support

WHAT WE DON’T LIKE:

  • Loss of key requires a locksmith
  • Security holes if Wi-Fi goes down before online key blacklist is updated

Retail price: $279. Support the Goji Smart Lock Indiegogo campaign.

Kevo from Kwikset

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With smartphone in your pocket, kevo will unlock your door right when you tap on the circular dead-bolt lock installed in your door. No codes to memorize. No keys to search for. Just touch once to unlock. If you don’t have a compatible smartphone, kevo offers a keyfob remote with key that has the same auto-unlock feature as long as you are near your front door.

Kevo also lets you send eKeys to anyone you want. You can set permissions through the Kevo mobile app so certain people only have access at set times of the day.

WHAT WE LIKE:

  • Easy keyless entry
  • No codes to memorize
  • Quickly send electronic key to family, friends, neighbors

WHAT WE DON’T LIKE:

  • Only works with iPhone 4s and 5
  • Not completely hands-free

Smart Lock by August

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Smart Lock looks like a hockey puck that you easily tack on to your existing deadbolt. And that’s a compliment. It looks sexy, it is easy to install (website states ‘about 10 minutes’), and it automatically unlocks your door the moment you approach. No touching. No keys. No worries.

In the center of the Smart Lock is a quarter-size LED light that glows green or red, indicating lock status, and an outer ring rotates when unlocking, much like the popular Nest thermostat.

The mobile app also acts as a party or event invite list, letting users quickly and easily send electronic keys to all guests.

WHAT WE LIKE:

  • Easy keyless entry
  • No touching required
  • Uses Bluetooth technology instead of WiFi or phone network
  • Easy installation

WHAT WE DON’T LIKE:

  • Untested security risks
  • ‘Puck’ look also kind of resembles tin can. Not sexy.

Retail price: $199. Reserve now, on sale later this year.

Lockitron by Apigy Inc.

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The Lockitron installs over your current deadbolt lock, letting you control access to your front door from your smartphone from anywhere in the world. You can share access to anyone through the mobile app and get notifications when the door is unlocked. It runs on WiFi and is compatible with most smartphones.

WHAT WE LIKE:

  • Easy keyless entry
  • No need to replace existing deadbolt
  • Smartphone compatibility, with text-message back-up for older phones
  • Batteries last up to 1 year

WHAT WE DON’T LIKE:

  • Not entirely hands-free
  • Design makes it look like an iPhone is glued to the door

Retail price: $179. Reserve now, on sale this summer.

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