Apple Touch ID was a change of convenience to secure its mobile devices, and now this same level of convenience is available in a padlock. The Tapplock One is now in delivery, and features a fingerprint sensor for unlocking, as well as a companion app with a Bluetooth unlocking backup.
The Tapplock One started to exist on Indiegogo with a crowdfunding campaign in 2016, but now it's out and shipped, both directly from Tapplock and from a number of sales partners at detail. The gadget offers IP66 weather resistance and operates at temperatures between 14 F and 140 F, and its lifespan can reach one year with a single charge.
The real advantage of Tapplock One over other smart locks is its versatility – you can unlock it in three different ways, including via fingerprint and Bluetooth, but also using a "Morse-Code" save pattern long or short presses. This means that no matter the failure scenario, you always have a way out, as long as there is battery left.
The application also supports remote access provisioning, which means you can let someone else unlock it with guessing via Bluetooth, too. This is a smart and practical feature, especially if you share access to a hangar or storage unit with an Airbnb guest for example, or anyone else at your home.
You can tell from the height and feel of the Tapplock One that it is solidly built, and in fact, until now, in my tests, it has withstood the elements that protect my outdoor shed. He survived the snow and ice, and always reads the reliability of my fingerprints recorded via the small square stamp in the center of the lock's face.
The main weakness of the Tapplock One could be its proprietary charger. It's good for durability and surviving exposure to the elements, but it's bad because you need the cable supplied with the lock, and I have to imagine that you will have a hard time remembering where you put it when this annual shipment is needed.
At only $ 99 US, the Tapplock One is not going to break the bank, and although it's more expensive than a traditional key or combo variant, the smart features make the # 1 39, extremely practical use. I do not know how many locks I've owned have ended their useful career buried in drawers because I could not remember the combination after a few months of break from their use.