Originally posted on Gigaom:
My do-it-yourself smarthome system may be getting an upgrade with an Internet connected front door lock. Lockitron just caught my eye for a few reasons, but the main one is support for near-field communications or NFC. I already use the NFC chip in my Galaxy Nexus for wireless mobile payments and with the $295 Lockitron deadbolt system, I could wave my smartphone near the front door to unlock it. Here’s a look at how the system works:
While the NFC support is appealing to me, I also like that you can remotely unlock the door with a mobile app or by text message. That’s handy for when you need to let someone in the house or have a package dropped off inside. Of course, I wouldn’t open the door for just anyone; that’s why I have a web-connected camera too.