While the crowdfunding craze has helped to createa number of successful iOS accessory companies, there have also been more than a few spectacular failures. But Lockitron falls somewhere in between.
The company arrived on the scene all the way back in 2012 with its unique (at the time) smart and app-enabled deadbolt that cost $179. Flooded by a more-than-expected number of preorders, the company was unable to keep up with demand as the original Lockitron was plagued with hardware and software issues.
But the company has just introduced a new lock version named Bolt. There are some major differences compared to the original model.
Most importantly, the new version is retailing for just $99, which is significantly less than other competitors like the Kwikset Kevo and August Smart Lock. Purchasing the optional $77 bridge will allow users to control the lock from anywhere.
And instead of a fitting on top of your current deadbolt, the Bolt replaces it completely.
Using the Lockitron app, users can lock or unlock their door from anywhere.
Lockitron will send out a Preview edition in March, which will be limited to 1,000 units. The wider rollout will occur in late spring, and Lockitron promises that users will be able to select from a number of colors that will match their home dcor.
Buyers who placed a preorder for the Lockitron will be placed in the front of the line to receive the Bolt, which is a nice gesture.
Even though I was a big fan of the original model, I ended up canceling because of the many delays. But I hope Lockitron is able to find success with the new model. It looks like a very nice and inexpensive way to start building a smart home.