Jenni Quach | Blog 13
The Lockitron is a smart lock that is attempting to replace the traditional locks on homes. It is meant to act as a quick and easy way to access homes as well as allowing friends and family to operate the lock. However, is this technological advancement necessary?
First, the lock may have quick and easy access, but it is only accessible to those who own a smartphone because it operates through an app. Assuming that this is not a problem, then the Lockitron would mostly benefit entrepreneurs. For example, individuals who work with Airbnb—or a similar trade—would be able to unlock or give access to the home for clients at far distances. The homeowner would not need to be present to unlock the door for the client.
Yet, the Lockitron is basically the same as traditional locks; the only difference is that it is key-less. The purpose of the Lockitron is to allow others to access one’s home without the owner being there. This is already happening with traditional locks; people hide spare keys for that purpose and/or for themselves—everyone has been locked out of their house before!
There are questionable aspects of the Lockitron such as theft. For example, it would only be a matter of time for someone to learn how to hack the device. With traditional locks, individuals can pick the lock, but at least there would be a chance of stopping the individual while the lock picker is committing the act. Another aspect to consider is the amount of material that goes into the Lockitron. It could use more or less material than traditional locks and that should be considered before trying to exhibit the device.
The technological advancement of the lock is not necessary. Rather, it is more convenient. The Lockitron did not need to be created, but it will definitely benefit specific individuals.
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