Lockpicker and mechanical security analyst Schuyler Towne gives a thorough rundown of the good, bad, and ugly of current smart lock options available on the mass market.
I’ve been following the smart lock market with great interest. There are some odd ideas, common mistakes, and a lot of hyperbole, but also intrepid engineering, smart marketing and a level playing field. For the first time in decades there is serious public interest in locks and it’s pinging the historian in me hard. I’m going to provide some context, refute some dubious claims, and offer my opinion on what’s exciting, what’s overhyped, and what I hope is coming next.