Kwikset, an American-based lock manufacturer, was founded in 1946, which says a lot about the company’s history and ability to satisfy consumers. The company joined the Smart Lock industry in 2013, with the introduction of the Kwikset Kevo 1st Generation Bluetooth Smart Lock. Since this time, Kwikset launched the second version of the Kevo and several other Smart Locks.
Kwikset Obsidian Smart Lock
Kwikset demonstrated is soon-to-be released Obsidian Smart Lock at CES 2017. The lock has a very unique design, with a touchpad and all black finish. The touchpad actually takes up the entirety of the lock’s exterior. To activate the lock, you simply press and hold touchpad for one to two seconds. Users have the option of manually punching in the PIN or enabling a setting that will have the touchpad to display two additional random digits. If the user decides to take advantage of this setting, they will need to punch in the random digits prior to the personal code. This safety feature will come in handy for homes that are located on a busy intersection, because the random digits will through the potential burglar off.
The interior portion of the lock houses the four AA batteries and electrical components needed to keep it powered. Users will receive a low-battery alert, in plenty of time to replace the batteries, before they run dead. Don’t worry, if you forget the warning, because you can jumpstart the lock, by holding a 9v battery next to the two nodes on the base of the lock’s front. This will provide the user with enough juice to punch in the code and for it to be accepted, so all you need to do is turn the bold and enter the home.
To take advantage of Obsidian’s “Smarts”, the app will need to be downloaded to an Android or iOS device. By accessing the app, users will be able to create unique PIN codes and share them with others. The codes can be set to expire after a single use or at specific times. Creating and sharing electronic key codes is absolutely free.
Kwikset’s Obsidian Smart Lock works with various platforms, including Control4, Wink and SmartThings. It doesn’t work with HomeKit, a common network protocol that utilizes an iPhone or iPad, like the Premis. According to the company, the Obsidian will be available with embedded Z-Wave and ZigBee radios.
The release date for the Kwikset Obsidian Smart Lock is set for this summer. In the meantime, be sure to check out the Kwikset Premis Smart Lock, available on Amazon.