Don’t want to replace your existing lock, but want a smarter lock? The SwitchBot is then your lifesaver.
Robot hand SwitchBot opens and closes your lock
The idea behind the SwitchBot Slot is quite clever. This device, which is sold on the American Amazon for $99, here for around €130, can be mounted behind your existing rotary lock. Installation is one of the most important costs of locks. Thanks to this lock you can do that yourself. This way you don’t have to remove the existing lock, at least if this existing lock is a rotary lock. It is even possible to turn a key inserted into the lock, making this a truly versatile lock.
Combine with fingerprint reading or numeric keypad
As with all smart and other locks, the SwitchBot lock can of course also be cracked. It is possible to combine this lock with a fingerprint reader and a numeric keypad with a PIN code. That makes the smart lock more expensive, and also more difficult to install.
Control SwitchBot with your smartphone
It is possible to operate the SwitchBot with your smartphone. This is the default mode. Have you lost your smartphone, and you don’t have a lock that can be opened from the outside with a key? Then you are always the loser, because locked out. In that regard, it is smart to order one of the other two options, with the fingerprint scanner being the most user-friendly.
Handy gadget, with both pros and cons
So you have to see it as a kind of robotic hand that you can operate with your smartphone. This smart lock is especially useful if you live in a rental home or another temporary home. It is possible to fit it into a home automation configuration. The SwitchBot provides an extra way to open your door, but also an extra way for burglars to enter your house. More information on the site from the manufacturer.