Lockitron

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Lockitron
Also known as Lockitron
Manufacturer Apigy Inc.
Introductory price 99 to 179 USD depending on model and accessories
Connectivity WiFi
Bluetooth 4.0 Low Energy
Power 4AA Batteries, lasting for 6 months
Website lockitron.com

Lockitron is a device which can lock and unlock doors via remote control, typically via a smartphone.[1][2] Lockitron is made by Apigy, a start-up based in Mountain View, California. Apigy was a graduate of the Y Combinator start-up accelerator.[3]

Multiple models of Lockitron have been manufactured, including one that fits over the lock control mechanism on the inside of a door, and the door can then be unlocked via an app on the phone, or via web page control. Phones with Bluetooth Low Energy (4.0) can also automatically unlock a door when an authenticated device is nearby.[4] A supplied NFC tag can be read to trigger a command to toggle the state of the lock.[5]

Virtual "keys" can also be created for guests or repair contractors etc., which allows access to the home. The virtual keys can be distributed over the internet on demand, and can also be revoked on demand.[6] The door can also be locked or unlocked via an SMS "key" for those without smartphones.[7]

All models of Lockitron allow for a traditional lock which continues to work with traditional metal keys.[8] When a metal key is used, some models of Lockitron can send a notification to a smartphone.[9]

Lockitron exposes an open, web-accessible API.[10] Lockitron supports integration the Ring Video Doorbell, a doorbell system that sends video and voice from the door to a smartphone.[11] Other devices that have integrated with the Lockitron API include the Pebble Smartwatch, which allows you to direct lock and unlock a Lockitron from your wrist, and IFTTT, which connects Lockitron to platforms and devices like Amazon Alexa, Google Home and Nest.[12]

For a period of time Apigy developed Lockitron in an office that previously housed the Byte Shop where the first Apple I computers were sold.[13] Apigy hosted an open house at the location where several working Apple II computers were set up for attendees to play classic games like TRON and Pacman.[14]

Crowdfunded Lockitron[edit]

Apigy originally offered a full replacement door lock version of Lockitron in 2011 before announcing a version of Lockitron in 2012 which fit over preexisting deadbolt locks.[8][15][16] The 2012 version of Lockitron incorporated a number of improvements over the 2011 Lockitron deadbolt including built-in WiFi, replacing a wired basestation, built-in auto-unlock technology through Bluetooth Low Energy as well as a simplified installation by making Lockitron a device that fits over a preexisting deadbolt lock.[17] The crowdfunded Lockitron was built around an ATMega microprocessor meaning that it is Arduino compatible for other custom behavior.

The crowdfunded Lockitron was rejected from Kickstarter, after the crowdfunding changed their policies regarding hardware funding.[18] The creators claim the rejection was due to Lockitron's status as a "home improvement" product, but this has not been confirmed by Kickstarter.[19] After their rejection, the founders of Apigy, Cameron Robertson and Paul Gerhardt, built their own crowdfunding website in a matter of days and used it to garner over 1.5 million USD in preorders during the first week of their campaign in October 2012.[20] Apigy subsequently open sourced their crowdfunding software as Selfstarter, an alternative crowdfunding site.[19][21][22] Selfstarter was used in the successful Tile crowdfunding campaign and later formed the basis of Crowdhoster and CrowdTilt Open.[23][24]

The crowdfunded Lockitron was significantly delayed from its originally anticipated ship date of July 2013,[25] shipping in small numbers through the end of 2013.[26] By February 2014, the crowdfunded Lockitron had still not yet shipped in substantial numbers prompting coverage by the blog TechCrunch.[27] By the end of 2014 thousands of units had been shipped.[28] In early 2015, Apigy announced its new product, Lockitron Bolt, as a replacement for the crowdfunded Lockitron and that it had ceased production of the crowdfunded Lockitron due to manufacturing and product issues.[29]

Lockitron Bolt[edit]

Lockitron Bolt is priced at 99 USD and offers Bluetooth only connectivity in comparison to its predecessor which was priced at 179 USD and offered built-in WiFi; an optional 79 USD device called Bridge connects Lockitron Bolt to WiFi networks giving it the same remote capabilities as the 2012 Lockitron.[30][31][32]

In late 2015 Apigy announced that the first Lockitron Bolt devices would ship 24 November 2015 while also announcing an add-on to Lockitron Bolt, Keypad.[33][34] A series of updates in late 2016[35][35] indicated that remaining Lockitron Bolt units owed to backers were produced and all remaining orders for U.S. customers had shipped to customers.[36]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "Lockitron". DIY Network. 
  3. ^ "Y Combinator Companies". www.ycombinator.com. Retrieved 2016-10-05. 
  4. ^ "Lockitron launches iPhone-controlled keyless lock that pings you when someone knocks (video)". 
  5. ^ Grove, Jennifer Van. "Use Your Phone To Lock & Unlock Doors From Anywhere in the World". 
  6. ^ "Tools of Entry, No Need for a Key Chain". The New York Times. 4 July 2011. 
  7. ^ "Lockitron: Unlock Your Home With Your Cellphone". 
  8. ^ a b Burns, Matt. "YC-Alum Lockitron Is Back With A New Kit That Allows Smartphones To Control Dumb Deadbolts". 
  9. ^ "Nothing found for 2013 01 21 How Houses Are Getting Smarter More Connected". 
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  11. ^ "Home Automation Future and Present: WiFi Lightbulbs, Speakers and Doorlocks". 14 February 2013. 
  12. ^ "One Day Left to Reserve Lockitron for $149". 
  13. ^ "Transitioning Orders, Lockitron Open House, App Updates". Lockitron Blog. Retrieved 2016-12-23. 
  14. ^ "Bridge, Open House and Order Migration". Lockitron Blog. Retrieved 2016-12-23. 
  15. ^ Tsotsis, Alexia. "Lockitron Lets You Unlock Your Door With Your Phone". 
  16. ^ "New Lockitron, the Keyless Lock, Will Message Your iPhone When Someone Knocks". 
  17. ^ White, Charlie. "Lockitron Lets You Unlock the Door With Your iPhone [VIDEO]". 
  18. ^ "Kickstarter Is Not a Store". 
  19. ^ a b Contributor. "The Story Of Lockitron: Crowdfunding Without Kickstarter". 
  20. ^ CNBC.com, Erin Horan (8 October 2012). "Lockitron: How a Startup Overcame Kickstarter's Rejection". 
  21. ^ "Rejected Kickstarter Projects Build Their Own Success Stories". 
  22. ^ "lockitron/selfstarter". 
  23. ^ "Updating Crowdhoster: Building Accessible, Open-Source Crowdfunding". 2013-05-20. Retrieved 2016-10-05. 
  24. ^ "Crowdtilt/CrowdtiltOpen". GitHub. Retrieved 2016-10-05. 
  25. ^ "Lockitron has a Ship Date". Lockitron Blog. Retrieved 2016-12-23. 
  26. ^ "Shipping Update". Lockitron Blog. Retrieved 2016-12-23. 
  27. ^ Lomas, Natasha. "Lockitron Still Hasn't Shipped To Most Backers Over A Year After Its $2.2M Crowdfunding Effort". 
  28. ^ "Shipment Updates, iOS App Release and Upcoming Bug Fixes". Lockitron Blog. Retrieved 2016-12-23. 
  29. ^ Popper, Ben (2015-01-27). "A crowdfunded startup explains why crowdfunding can be a complete disaster". The Verge. Retrieved 2016-10-03. 
  30. ^ "So long, Lockitron version 1.0, hello Lockitron Bolt". Retrieved 2016-10-03. 
  31. ^ Russell, Kyle. "Lockitron Announces The $99 Bolt, A Deadbolt You Can Unlock With Your Phone". TechCrunch. Retrieved 2016-10-03. 
  32. ^ Higginbotham, Stacey (2015-01-27). "Lockitron revamps its smart lock with a price cut and new design". gigaom.com. Retrieved 2016-10-03. 
  33. ^ Matney, Lucas. "Lockitron Releases 3rd Gen $99 Connected Door Lock, Aims To Improve Product Accessibility". TechCrunch. Retrieved 2016-12-23. 
  34. ^ "Shipping November 24th, Finishes and Bolt Keypad". Lockitron Blog. Retrieved 2016-10-03. 
  35. ^ a b "All Backer Units Complete Production, Keypad, Tips and Tricks". Lockitron Blog. Retrieved 2016-12-23. 
  36. ^ "Remaining Bolts for US Backers Head Out Monday". Lockitron Blog. Retrieved 2016-12-23. 

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