Lockitron Announces Bolt, a $99 Deadbolt You Can Unlock With Your Smartphone


Y Combinator alum Lockitron is today launching the Bolt, a $99 follow-up to its troubled crowdfunded keyless-entry gadget.

Lockitron co-founder Cameron Robertson says the company learned a lot from the difficulties it went through with its last release. Rather than use approximately 40 discrete components (many of which had to be custom-designed) the team sourced high-quality parts off-the-shelf, reducing failure rates and costs (the original went for $179) as well as the footprint of the lock.

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The team also decided to go back to their original design of replacing the deadbolt altogether (while still letting you use your old keys as a backup) rather than trying to build a universal gadget that could fit over most deadbolts. As it turns out, there’s an absolutely huge variety of locks out there, and while their solution was in fact a “slot-in” solution for many, others found that the 20-minute setup time the company promised was really something like an hour.

Robertson and the team were convinced they could make something with a slightly more complex setup and still do well by the example of Nest.

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SOURCE: TechCrunch | Kyle Russell

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