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Lockitron is a crowd-funded "smart" door lock that aims to let you control your home or office door lock with your smartphone. And now that Android Wear is available, some developers won't rest until every facet of their phone is tied into their watch. Thus, Wear-a-tron, which allows users to activate the unlocking function of the official Lockitron app via a Wear extension. It's available for free on the Play Store.

The Lockitron app itself is pretty simple: just log into the company's server, select which lock you want to access, and you can control it via WiFi, NFC, or Bluetooth LE on compatible phones. Wear-a-tron simply uses the Lockitron API to send an unlock code from your phone (where the lock UUID is stored) to the lock itself. If it's in your pocket, that probably means it will be going out over either WiFi or Bluetooth. After starting the app with the "start Lockitron" command, you can lock or unlock the door.

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The Wear app currently doesn't delve into the deeper functions of the connected lock, like giving out limited guest passes so friends can unlock the door with their phones. But the developer is working on some interesting new features, including an automatic geofence that will make the Wear-a-tron app pop up whenever you return to your front door. You can check out the latest beta builds after joining this community on Google+.

Michael Crider
Michael is a native Texan and a former graphic designer. He's been covering technology in general and Android in particular since 2011. His interests include folk music, football, science fiction, and salsa verde, in no particular order.

  • Bodah

    It would be great if they actually shipped my lockitron that I ordered in October 2012 and paid for in October 2013.

    • http://meatcastle.com/ Youre My Boy Bloo

      Yeah me too. When it finally came (almost 2 years late, and after I had cancelled my order) I just sent it back. That company does not respect me enough for me to be their customer.

    • DanSan

      wasnt there another company doing something similar to this? for some strange reason I feel like I remembered reading about a few companies doing door automation style activities... or maybe im just losing it.

      • MooseCat

        Maybe you're thinking about the August lock (www.august.com)? They initially said they would have it out late last year or maybe early this year but that's been pushed to sometime this year -_-

    • http://blake.pm Blake Mitchell

      I'm with you, only about a month ago I said enough and demanded a refund.

  • Kesey

    Wow, who in the world would put their money down on a Lockitron?

    When will I be charged?
    Your credit card will be charged one to two days after placing your order.

    When will my Lockitron ship?
    After placing your preorder, you can find out when your Lockitron will ship by going to the Dashboard.

    Give us your money and then we'll let you know when it'll ship. Based on the comments here, sounds like this company is pure BS.

    • http://thisisnotajoke.com Kurt Nelson

      Yep, they've had a bit of a shipping disaster, I got mine a long time ago because they knew I could deal with broken software.

    • http://blake.pm Blake Mitchell

      They will grant refunds if you ask forcefully.

  • jr

    I guess I could write an app, say it unlocks a Lockitron, and never worry about being called a liar.

  • DemandTrialByCombat

    that comment though - "now that Android Wear is available, some developers won't rest until every facet of their phone is tied into their watch" DAMN!

  • NotABountyHunter

    I finally got my Lockitron a couple of weeks ago. Jesus christ was it awful. I sent through a support request, got a firmware update, and suddenly everything works perfectly. I'm kind of shocked it did such a 180 to be honest.

  • NinoBr0wn

    This will help when that crazy girl down the street sees me coming home.

  • jay

    Yeah. Great. I can buy a smart watch to control the lockitron before I actually get the lockitron itself... that I ordered last year.

  • Rook HD

    so what happen if there's an outage? I'm sure they have a backup solution like a key or something?

    • ajerman

      It runs on batteries, so your concern would be dead batteries rather than an outage, but yes, this doesn't replace your lock so your keys still work.

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