Started in 2015 by Anthony Chow and Kelvin Ho, igloo was born as Anthony Chow, igloo’s co-founder and CEO, was himself a busy Airbnb host and experienced first-hand the frustrating inefficiencies of physical key exchanges. Since then, the company set out to build a World Without Keys.
Most, if not all, igloohome locks come with only Bluetooth connectivity. So your phone needs to be in the range of the device to control it. So what if you want to control it via Wi-Fi? That is where the igloohome Bridge comes into the picture.
igloohome Bridge retails for S$110 and is a bridge between your phone and igloohome locks.
One of the major differences is using a rechargeable lithium battery which is chargeable via the USB-C port. If the Padlock 2 battery is flat, you can charge it using a power bank instead of a 9V alkaline battery.
It seems that igloohome gave me what I requested for. Even the product name is spot on.
Two years ago, when I reviewed the Igloohome Smart Lock, I mentioned the following:
igloohome Smart Mortise Lock retails for S$649 with free installation during this promotion period. The usual retail price is S$849.
The product name has been changed to be more accurate to cater for more Igloohome products like Igloohome Smart Keybox and Igloohome Smart Mortise Lock (coming soon).
*UPDATE* An updated version of Igloohome Smart Lock is now available, check out my review of Igloohome Smart Deadbolt Lock 02 .
Igloohome is a smart-home startup that is based in Singapore. They raised a total of US$1.25 million in seed funding which is led by Wavemaker Partners with participation from Singtel Innov8, and DreamIt Ventures.