In college, whenever we left the apartment without our keys, it wasn’t a big deal. We’d just hit up one of our roomies and keep our fingers crossed that they’d be home. But now, if we forget our keys, it’s a total uh-oh moment. And while “open sesame” might work in cartoons, unfortunately, real life isn’t quite that magical. Oh, but wait, it is… because a crowdfunded smart lock called Sesame is making all of our “Crap, I locked myself out of the house” panic attacks a thing of the past.


Not only is Sesame an absolute lifesaver, but it’s also easy to install. All you do is tape it to your existing lock using the included strip of 3M Command… and you’re done. Yup. Just like that.

Controlling the lock is just as easy. Sesame is paired to your phone via an accompanying app, and whenever you need to lock or unlock your door, just click the lock icon and you’re good to go. If you don’t want to use your phone, you can set a custom, secret knock that’ll unlock your door. You’ll can feel like you’re going to some super secret underground club every time you go home.


Let’s talk smart features. You can give access to certain people so they can come over whenever they want, meaning getting new sets of keys copied every year is a thing of the past. The lock’s lithium ion battery can last for a little over a year, and don’t worry — you’ll be notified when the battery starts to get low (because going back to carrying keys would just be barbaric at that point). Sesame also notifies you when your door opens and closes, and when someone without access attempts to unlock your door. The lock is programmed with military-grade protection so you never need to worry about hackers trying to break your lock.


Sesame is currently raising funds on Kickstarter. You can snag a smart lock for $99, and you’ll be saying “Open, Sesame!” before you know it. (It’s totally unnecessary… but still fun.)

Were you ever locked out of your house? What’s your favorite feature that Sesame has to offer?