Startup Review: $70 Smartphone Controlled Padlock

By: Brian Rhodes, Published on Jan 16, 2014

A startup thinks you will buy padlocks you can open/close with your phone. Not to be outdone by the amazing SUPER RMR padlock, TEO's offering is aimed at the DIY padlock market (yes, that is a joke) but needs your pledges to push the idea into reality.

Here is the company's promo video:

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Comments (6)

The first thing that strikes me about it is that it looks REALLY easy to cut. I prefer the shrouded type of padlock if I'm actually going to padlock something (which doesn't happen often):

Currently, when I ride my bike places in DC I have to lock up the frame with one lock, the wheels with a second lock and I'm still trying to figure out how to lock the seat on. People here will steal anything that isn't locked down. Someone stole the hand pump attached to my frame before. Someone has stolen my flashing light. I think something like this would be cool even if it's just for the tamper notification. If I'm right inside a shop then it wouldn't be too far away to catch someone before they steal my new flashing light.

It does look pretty easy to break though.

Excellent idea, I could think of a multitude of applications just in the hire market not to mention schools etc.

Sounds a lot like Kwikset which was on Shark Tank (residental bluetooth door locks). http://www.unikey.com/

Hello Ali: Yes, it does! We did a full update on the UniKey (now called Kevo) in this note.

Awesome thanks Brian. I'll check it out.

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