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Genie Smart Lock Opens Doors with Your Phone

Smart locks aren't exactly a rare commodity, but if you absolutely can't live without one that attaches to a door handle, your options are limited. The Genie Smart Lock is a Bluetooth lock system that connects to a handle rather than a bolt lock, and at present, it's the only one to do so.

If you're familiar with Bluetooth smart locks, you can probably take a pretty good guess at what the Genie does. Users can control the lock via either Wi-Fi or Bluetooth, and lock or unlock a door at will. This allows a person to lock the doors before bed or let in a repairman while traveling.

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The Genie will offer both a mobile app and a Bluetooth fob (sold separately) so that users can get in and out of their homes without keys. They can also send and receive additional access codes (for a price) so that friends, extended family and maintenance staff can access their homes in their absence.

Beyond that, the Genie has few extra features. A programmable screen displays the time, the temperature and the user's name, while users can also open the Genie manually and use a key in case something goes wrong with the electronics.

The Genie smart lock is not yet available for pre-order, although interested users can sign up to be notified when it is. The device costs $299 by itself (pre-orders will cost $249 instead), and $329 with a Bluetooth fob and unlimited extra access keys.

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Marshall Honorof

Marshall Honorof is an editor for Tom's Guide, covering gaming hardware, security and streaming video. After hours, you can find him practicing taekwondo or doing deep dives on classic sci-fi.