Keys have been around for hundreds, if not, thousands of years. We've all used them. We generally understand how they work and how vulnerable they can be. Some are better than others. And now that the simplest of devices in the home are connecting to the cloud, it's time to figure out just how safe or smart these new-fangled smart locks really are.
So far there are four known companies specializing in smart locks. The latest, Goji, launched this week with a neat little feature: a camera. August, co-founded by Yves Behar—the guy who designs wares for Jawbone, Jimmy Jane, and generally anyone that will pay him—launched last week and has already chalked up over 17,500 reservations. Since its debut on ABC's Shark Tank a year ago, UniKey has struck deals with Kwikset and Weiser for its deadbolt "touch-to-open" replacement. And Valley darling Lockitron is set to begin shipping its latest iteration in a month's time.