Sesame, a new smart lock, has surpassed $1 million in pledges with just under two weeks to go in its Kickstarter campaign.
The initial $100,000 fundraising goal was reached in nine hours.
Sesame was launched in February. It’s the first brain child of CANDY HOUSE Inc., a design and manufacturing company founded by Jerning Gu and other Stanford University students.
Gu, a mechanical engineering master candidate, says his product is designed to bring simplicity to people’s lives. “When people leave home, they always bring three things: phone, keys, wallet,” Gu says. “I believe the three things should be one single device.”
Users can lock and unlock their doors using the Sesame smartphone app with Bluetooth low energy. Sesame works with most deadbolt locks and some mortise locks. The company says it uniquely syncs the movement of the lock with the phone, providing exact control of the angle in which the lock turns. It’s AES-256-GCM and TLS 1.2 encrypted – military grade encryption.
Sesame doesn’t require any installation. “You only need to attach it on the door,” Gu says. “No other smart lock can do that.” An optional access point connects Sesame to the Internet and gives users control from anywhere. Users can decide who has access to the lock, and the Sesame app sends a notification when the door is opened.
Sesame is currently available as a preorder for Kickstarter backers for $99. The regular retail price will be $149. Delivery is anticipated to begin in May.