Sesame Smart Lock Hits $1 Million on Kickstarter

The smart lock category apparently still has some legs.

The Sesame smart lock, which launched on Kickstarter on February 25th, has surpassed the $1 million funding threshold on Kickstarter. The lock, created by Candyhouse, has also just passed six thousand backers.

While I'm not sure how well the lock will ultimately work, the Kickstarter campaign has been a well oiled machine from the very beginning. From the video (created by video production darling Sandwich Video  - the Sesame video itself features the familiar face of Sandwich video founder Adam Lisagor), to getting lots of tech press, to hitting its target early, the company has been been busy writing a chapter in 'how to do a hardware crowdfunding campaign right'. 

The lock itself is an overlay lock, which means a fairly simple installation that allows the consumer to use the existing lock mechanism. While August and Danalock are overlay locks as well, Sesame appears to take the simplicity even further, allowing the user to simply overlay the lock on top of the existing lock mechanism (others require you to turn some screws and take off the 'turn thumb'). The company claims its design is patented.

Last year smart locks had garnered some interest, but they certainly were not as sexy as thermostats or connected cameras. This year that looks to be changing.  August shipping and a large round helped, as did new products from lock giants like Assa Abloy, and the popularity of products like the Kevo. 

And now, it looks like Sesame might be another player to watch. 


  • ITATodd

    Did you verify that they are legit business. When I do background check it’s a young 20 year kid from China living in Palo Alto, CA with an address showing an apartment complex. Us backers on Kickstarter are still waiting to hear something and we get nothing.

  • Alex Wilson

    I like Sesame’s approach. I’ve tried to install other locks and it’s a pain. Not sure how durable it would be though – could see it being a bit ‘sloppy’ in terms of fit.

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