Old-school security goes modern: BenjiLock bring fingerprint tech to the padlock

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Padlocks are one of the most primitive pieces of technology available-after all, they are used for securing chain-link fences and more archaic cabinets since the beginning of the Roman period. This is the 21st century, however, and many of the devices we now hold most dear are the ones clothed with Bluetooth, NFC, and intuitive fingerprint technology. BenjiLock knows this, and is looking to teach the often-ignored padlock with a bit of modern functionality.

The Los Angeles startup unveiled its namesake device at CES on Tuesday night, allowing passersby a glimpse at what is in fact a traditional padlock equipped with a fingerprint technology. The rechargeable, stainless steel appliance supports up to four different fingerprints and stored in an encrypted chip, so that users are easy to crack open the 7-pin device with a finger of their own choice. This is not the first time that we have seen such technology in a padlock — remember the long-gestating TappLock? — but it’s still nice to see other companies in which a mobile staple in their products.

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— BenjiLock (@BenjiLock) January 4, 2017

As for the battery, the BenjiLock can reportedly last a year on a single charge. It also comes with a set of physical keys, in the event that you experience problems with the fingerprint reader, the device runs out of battery, or you just need someone to unlock it when you are not available. If someone tries to unlock it without your permission, the device will automatically erase your info and require keys. The range of colors (sky, white, jet black, brass, copper and stainless steel) are just an added plus is aimed at people who scoff at the prototype gloss-white appearance.

The BenjiLock is scheduled for release in the third quarter of 2017 for $80.

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