Sesame: A Kickstarter Project That Aims to Replace Your Keys With Your iPhone


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A new Kickstarter campaign called “Sesame” aims to replace your keys with your iPhone. The device will fit on your existing lock in seconds, without needing to remove or replace anything.

Sesame attaches to your existing lock and allows you to lock and unlock your door using the Sesame app on your iPhone. The device will allow you to set up a custom knock on your door (or on your phone) that will unlock your door.

The smart lock allows you to share access with guests with control of who has access and when. Whenever anyone locks or unlocks your door you will receive an instant push notification on your device. Sesame installs in seconds using a single strip of 3M Command tape that is supplied in the box (no tools required).

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The creators of the smart lock have constructed a design that works with almost any single cylinder deadbolt in Canada, the U.S., Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Singapore, Japan, and Malaysia.

The device connects to a tiny dongle you plug into any electrical socket using Bluetooth 4.0 Low Energy. The dongle then connects to your Wi-Fi network, allowing you to control the lock remotely from your device. Sesame will reportedly last about 500 days on the lithium batteries supplied in the packaging. The app will notify you when the batteries are low through a push notification on your device.

A minimum $89 pledge will get you the Sesame unit without the Wi-Fi access point. If you pledge a minimum of $139 you will receive both the smart lock and access point. The project on Kickstarter has 32 days to go and has already exceeded its $100,000 goal. Sesame will begin shipping in May 2015 to all project backers.

[via Kickstarter]


  • Derek Kraneveldt

    I can’t wait to get mine. After doing a ton of Smart Lock research I settled on the Sesame over the Lockitron or August Smart Lock. Sesame looks fantastic!

  • It does look to be simpler and easier to install vs Lockitron. That was a total failure.

  • Derek Kraneveldt

    Yeah definitely. Their new model actually looks decent, but replaces the actual deadbolt. The entire reason that Lockitron was appealing in the first place is that it DIDN’T do that.

  • matt

    Out of all smart locks on the market, what is the best one? Would it be this? In your opinion, at least…

  • This one looks promising but I’m going to wait until Nest or another company comes out with a smart lock. I’m in no rush to get a smart lock.

  • matt

    I live in an apartment building…. Do you think there would be any restrictions to changing my locks into smart locks? I guess I’d have to go through my strata corporation to find that out haha

  • Salinger

    I was wondering the same thing but in watching the videos, with this one at least, you don’t actually change the locks. You just put this on over the existing dead bolt and normal keys will still open the door. You’ll just get a notification that someone has opened your door, which is good. So apartment/condo management shouldn’t have an issue with it.

    I really like the idea of this, especially the reporting function that tells you when your door was opened in real time. Definitely interesting information to have when away from home with pet sitters etc.

  • Tim

    I like this idea. The only thing I don’t like is the potential for failure and being locked out, in which case you’d need to have a key nearby or on you.

  • sukisszoze

    I pledged for one after seeing how easy it is to put on. It may not look as elegant as a Kevo where you have to replace lock but ease of installation wins out for me. It’s also cheaper.