Dog & Bone Lock­S­mart

The key­less track­able pad­lock

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£63 from Dog & Bone, do­gand­bonecases.com fea­tures Blue­tooth, 128-bit en­cryp­tion, weath­er­proof­ing

With the ris­ing pop­u­lar­ity of smart home ac­ces­sories that ap­ply wire­less func­tion­al­ity to rel­a­tively mun­dane items, it makes sense that the hum­ble pad­lock would be next.

And so Dog & Bone has cre­ated a key­less Blue­tooth pad­lock that you can un­lock with noth­ing more than your iPhone.

The lock it­self is a hefty piece of kit, with a tough stain­less steel shackle and a die-cast Za­mak-3 zinc al­loy body, giv­ing the pad­lock high ten­sile and im­pact strength. On the bot­tom is a red rub­ber flap that opens up to re­veal a mi­cro-USB port for charg­ing the de­vice, as well as a but­ton that you’ll need to press to sync the lock to your phone or wake it.

In terms of se­cu­rity, it pro­vides 128-bit ad­vanced en­cryp­tion, as well as a 256-bit cloud-gen­er­ated pri­vate key. Us­ing the Lock­S­mart app on your iOS de­vice, you can lock and un­lock the pad­lock via Blue­tooth, with op­tional sup­port for mul­ti­ple users and Touch ID plus it can send you no­ti­fi­ca­tions each time the lock is used. It turns off com­pletely when not in use to con­serve its bat­tery, which has a life of two years, ac­cord­ing to the mak­ers.

Lock­S­mart will no­tify you ev­ery time it is used.

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