The Lockitron is an innovative home security device from Apigy that allows you to lock and unlock the deadbolt on your front door from your smart phone. This specific part is the mechanical assembly that makes up the majority of the device without the electronic guts inside. This means that you get to decide and add your own unique wireless and motor control options! With a few turns of a screwdriver, the Lockitron easily fits over the deadbolt lock on the inside of your door.
The Lockitron Mechanical Assembly includes the mechanisms to physically turn a lock, the motor, the housing, and the means to secure it all to your deadbolt. As stated before, you will need to supply your own electronics as well as four AA sized batteries for the assembly and electronic components to operate.
Note: Be aware that the Lockitron may not fit all doors. Please consult the Door Compatibility link in the Documents section below for a handy cut out "fitting" example to make sure your door is compatible with the Lockitron.
Note: We've included the installation links in the Documents section below to show you how to physically install your Lockitron. There are also instructions on how to hook up your smart phone but those may not (and more than likely won't) apply as this product is only the mechanical assembly.
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The construction is very solid and built to last. It took me a little bit of time to understand the design and the correct way of driving it: the motor in the "neutral" position should allow for turning the knob manually to lock and unlock the door, and when you want to lock it - the motor needs to turn all the way in one direction (until a switch is triggered), then reverse and get back in the "neutral" position.
What surprised me, though, is how large the assembly is. It simply did not fit my apartment door - so I gave it away to a friend but it did not fit his door either! Make sure there is enough clearance around the knob on your door - the lock dimensions are about 105 x 180 mm, with the knob roughly in the center. It's about 35 mm thick, and the handle sticks out to about 50 mm total.
Unfortunately I have no use for this otherwise great device, as it simply doesn't fit my door.
Hi, Sorry this didn't fit your door. Thanks for the informative review.
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Sparkfun should have put some work in before releasing this, not just copy pasting documentation from a company that is not supporting this product. I was aware this is just the mechanical assembly without the electronics. This is fine- I've got a lot of arduinos and know components that I have experience in decently well. When I took off the faceplate, I saw two wires that come from the battery cage and two that go into the components that make the lock turn. I want to make this very clear - when you order this, there is absolutely no documentation that comes with it. It comes with some protective plastic around it, but no box or anything.
Anyway, the battery cage's mystery - what kind of power does it give - is a simple problem that involves a multimeter, but I can't get a good reading from it. There's four little switches inside but only two appear to do something. The second pair of wires go into something that will make the lock turn. What kind of power do I need? I'm not familiar with this type of thing - how do I make it work? I guess I figured it would be a servo - I know how to control those, but it's a motor which I guess requires a separate controller board?
The installation guide and video, as many have said, is for the full product, not what you get here. I'm not expecting something from Lockitron, since I feel like Sparkfun is getting some sort of surplus from them on the base of product they're no longer selling. There's a video where a very chipper engineer brags about what he did, but I need more details and documentation. I expected Sparkfun to provide how to interface this with an arduino right from the time of release. Especially since this is not super cheap and it looks like someone's already figured it out enough to make the sparkfun video. If you've dealt with this type of stuff before, you won't have problems, but if you're like me and aren't used to the components used, you're not going to find much help.
Hi, A tutorial is in the works and should be available on this product page once released. Thanks
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Design makes it feel impossible to open without destroying the casing. Did not fit my door lock in the orientation needed. Fit horizontally but how would I close the door without smashing the damn thing against the door frame every time. Video shows external control circuit... So you mean I have to glue an ugly open circuit to my door in order to make this functional? On the plus side: it now makes a wonderful paperweight.
It is quite large, so make sure to test with the door compatibility template. A Teensy 2.0, TB6612FNG (ROB-09457), and small protoboard can fit into the battery compartment if you are going to power it externally. I am planning to use it with Leosac , an open source physical access control system, to allow access to my local Hackerspace/Makerspace.
Does anyone have a working demo besides what is offered? Or has anyone been any luck using the given demo? I'm trying to figure out if it's my wiring or the code!
It's stuck on unlock 1A:1 1B:0 2A:1 2B:1
Shoot our Tech Support team an email. We may be able to help you with this.
There are no instructions and I can't figure out how to even use it.
Did you look at the hook up guide that is linked in the description? - https://learn.sparkfun.com/tutorials/lockitron-hardware-hookup-guide?_ga=1.248634631.1851504437.1417041706