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Hands On with Bluetooth Door Locks

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Jan 9, 2014, 8:31 PM

You're SOL if you actually lose your phone.

I'm glad some of these models still have the old fashion key and lock system as a backup. But that's not my only concern should I leave my phone at the office or a friend's house. In reverse, what if I actually leave my phone at my house and don't realize it by the time I get to the office? Drive all the way back would be an option, but it'd be a big PITA if we actually work quite a distance from our home. So that leaves us with the last two options: worry about people breaking into your house all day or bother your boss about installing the app on a computer in order to deactivate it. Also, what if I actually lose my phone at a club/bar or somewhere else public and it gets stolen? Hopefully the app has the option of typing in a PIN or passw...
They all still have a physical key as a backup.

Personally, I'm in the habit of tapping my pockets to make sure I have my phone and wallet every time I stand up or walk through any door. I'm much more likely to leave my keys somewhere than my phone...

Jan 12, 2014, 12:23 PM

Battery life

I wonder how long they will last before a charge is needed (using rechargeable batteries). Would be pretty bad if you left your keys and the phone runs out of power or if the lock's batteries ran out of power

Jan 11, 2014, 5:47 PM

Performance in low-temperatures

Where I live, it gets so cold that the door-knob on the inside of the door routinely gets covered in ice / frost, how do you think this kind of device would fare in weather that is -20 to -40 below ?
Where I live it rarely gets as cold as 10 degrees. But when it does, it's difficult to open car doors in the morning. With that in mind, I'd be curious to know how any normal door knob or lock fares in -40 degree weather.
Doom Wolf

Jan 10, 2014, 1:11 PM


So much technology for nothing. In the end, a burglar will find better alternatives to break into your house.
I can't imagine all the money and time invested for this just to have a common burglar to get to your house and break in using a simple crowbar.
Compared to a regular lock, this isn't supposed to be more secure. I mean it absolutely can be, but that's not the point.

The point is that it's more convenient for you. Read the article. There are a lot of handy features that could make life easie...
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