Candy House got its start when Jerming Gu became focused on minimizing the objects in his pockets. That motivation lead to a desire to end the need to carry anything but a smartphone around, replacing his keys. He started working on something that would work on his university dorm room lock, which meant a choice that simply fits over the existing deadbolt rather than replaces it. One of his wife’s friends turned out to be an excellent software engineer, and he supplied the software for this smart lock robot. They named it Sesame, after the phrase “Open Sesame.” In 2015, they received $1.4 million in Kickstarter funding to manufacture this device.
Unlike other smart lock products, Sesame doesn’t replace your deadbolt. It fits right over it. The motor in the device turns the knob and lock. Due to this configuration, it’s compatible with a wide range of deadbolts worldwide.
Make it easy for friends and family to come and go by assigning them guest keys. You can have 99 guests.
If you don’t want to worry about that entire process, you can program the Sesame to lock and unlock based on specific conditions.
The Wi-Fi access point makes it possible to control Sesame from any location.
Find out when people are visiting and other valuable information.
Sesame is compatible with Nest, Samsung SmartThings, IFTTT, Homekit, Amazon Alexa, Z-Wave and Zigbee devices.
Sesame invites developers to create other integrations through its API. They’re happy to help you even if you don’t know anything about programming.
Sesame uses AES 256-bit encryption with TSL 1.2. The company understands that cybercriminals look for ways to hack all types of devices, not just computers. They have protocols that defend against man-in-the-middle and relay attacks. The lock only unlocks when the right credentials get presented to it.
If you have an iOS mobile device, you don’t even need to pull out your phone to open the door. Instead, knock on it to activate the smart lock.
In an emergency, you can still use your original key as a backup.
Google Assistant, Amazon Alexa, Apple HomeKit and Siri are supported (or soon to be supported) by Sesame.
Sesame is designed for seamless integration with other products and services. IFTTT alone gives you links to 400 services. It also features auto-replenishment of the device’s batteries via Amazon.
You not only get notifications through the Sesame app about activity, but also through social media platforms.
Sesame can let you know through its own app or through social media platforms like Facebook, WeChat, and LINE.
This device uses 2 CR123A batteries and has a maximum battery life of 500 days.
You don’t have to be the only one managing guests. You can choose a manager among your friends and family. They can add and remove guests.
Everything from the installation to the third-party integration is designed with a user-friendly experience in mind. You shouldn’t run into any problems even if you’re a smart home automation or smart lock newbie.
You have several customer service options available and the representatives are knowledgeable in the product since that’s all the company offers, rather than working in multiple markets. You can send an email, check-in on the community forum, or look through the documentation to get help with your product.
Sesame has a great price point compared to other smart locks on the market and it doesn’t skimp on the features. You don’t get as many finish options as other companies offer, so that could throw off your design a bit. However, that’s a small thing to worry about when you consider how well it integrates with the rest of your smart home ecosystem. You don’t need to buy any ongoing subscriptions to use this product.
Candy House has a streamlined product choice. The Sesame smart lock ($149.99) is designed to fit into a single turn deadbolt without needing an extensive installation process. It also works with a doorknob that doesn’t have a base if it matches the size of the Sesame. Since you don’t have to take your deadbolt apart for the installation, this is an excellent choice for renters.
This modern smart lock comes in four finishes to mesh with your existing exterior style. You lock and unlock your home through the Sesame app. Automated locking and unlocking create a streamlined and safe experience. One quirky feature is the ability to unlock the door by knocking on your phone with the app up.
Some Sesame smart lock features need the Wi-Fi Access Point (69.99) device. For example, unlocking your front door remotely outside of Bluetooth range requires this piece of equipment, as well as managing your guest list over the Internet. If you want to use Google Assistant, Amazon Alexa, IFTTT or the API, you need the access point. The Wi-Fi Access Point uses a USB interface, so it’s easy to connect anywhere in your home.
Sesame takes an innovative approach to smart locks and the result is a versatile product that gives you a lot of flexibility for a smart home. It really thrives in an environment where you have home automation services and equipment working in tandem to create a pleasant and welcome home at all times, without a lot in the way of manual input.