We just moved into SOMAcentral, which is a hot startup space in SoMa for 40 startups, most with private offices. The fine folks over there offered us a sweet way to lock & unlock our office door - a new YCombinator-funded startup called Lockitron (no info on their public website yet).
They have an alpha product that connects an iPhone app up to the door lock, allowing us to lock & unlock our office door from anywhere in the world.
It's pretty amazing and it's brand new; you won't find anything on the 'net about it yet, but it's real and we are using it!
Below is a video of Lockitron in action. If you're interested in getting this set up for your home or office just contact me and I'll introduce you to one of the founders.
i have tmobile and i bought an iphone. im planning on having it jailbroken.
does that mean i can use my sim card with it?
or will i have to unlock it seperately?
Love it. I would just change it so that unlocked is red and locked is green. Some people work better with colors.
We've been using the "lock & unlock your door with an app on your phone" solution from Lockitron for two years now. In fact, here's a blog I wrote in 2010 with a video showing how it works. As early adopters, Paul, one of the Lockitron founders, was great about coming by our office to fix the early version of Lockitron whenever it had trouble. We were happy users of Lockitron version 1.0.
And that's all I heard about Lockitron for two years. But it turns out Paul, Cameron & team have been super busy. Today they launched a new version of Lockitron in a really smart way. It's so impressive that I'm going to spend a few minutes dissecting it, because we can all learn from what they've done. I'd also like to invite anyone from Lockitron to give more detail on my observations in the comments section below.
The first and most obvious thing they did was use a Kickstarter-type approach to their launch. When you visit www.Lockitron.com you see what I've taken a screenshot of above. (I'd be curious to know if they're using a while-labeled Kickstarter-type service, or more likely, just taking the best from Kickstarter's approach and doing it in-house).
As I've outlined in the screenshot, they set a goal which (purposefully or not) is now massively oversubscribed. It makes you feel like you have to get in on the action.
Because it certainly talks to me. My entire existence mostly consists of following the little signposts put out by the universe.
Or maybe I'm just imagining things. Either way, I seem to be doing OK.
And, it appears that I'm supposed to start this whole blog thing again, so here I am, with a quick story:
Yesterday, me and my mother were out walking the dogs. (we have two).