The idea of keyless entry into your home is one that hasn’t really caught on yet, which is surprising considering how ubiquitous it is in our cars these days. A company called Lockitron has plans to change that, however, as they’ve just thrown up a promo video for their new Bluetooth and Wi-Fi powered keyless entry system.
The idea is pretty simple: It’s a box that sits over top of the flappy paddle on the inside of your door, and it locks and unlocks your dead bolt with a mechanical servo. The box then connects to your Wi-Fi network, and you can use an app on your smartphone to lock or unlock it. It connects to the internet, so you can use it from anywhere you’ve got Wi-Fi or 3G connectivity. You can even do it with a text message, if you’re stuck with no data whatsoever.
There’s some other cool features in here too, like push notifications that tell you when someone locks or unlocks it with an actual key, and a knock sensor that tells you when someone knocks on the door. You can even set it up to use Bluetooth, which allows it to unlock the door as soon as your smartphone is within a few feet of your door, and re-lock it if you stray away from it again. Pretty cool stuff.
They’re taking pre-orders over at their official site now, for $149. Presumably they’ll cost more once they’re actually up for sale, as this is likely an early bird special to help them fund the project in the first place. If you’re a fan of cool household gadgets, this is definitely one you’ll want to check out. This would pair really nicely with LIFX, those awesome LED, smartphone-controlled lightbulbs that are on Kickstarter right now.