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Brando Smart Fingerprint Padlock review


REVIEW – As a self-confessed gadget nerd, I am always looking for the unique gadget that provides a balance between technology and usefulness. Sometimes it can just be a gimmick that I like, and if that gimmick lets me do something automated and techie, then I am good. For this review, I am testing the Brando Smart Fingerprint Padlock. Let’s see if I get excited.

What is it?

The Brando Smart Fingerprint Padlock is a biometric lock that eliminates the need for using a key to gain access.  Your fingerprint is your password via the fingerprint ID function.

What’s in the box


1 x Smart Fingerprint Padlock
1 x Micro USB Charging Cable
1 x User Manual

Design and features

Features:

One touch open
IP65 rated waterproof and dustproof design
Supports up to 380 kg weight
Supports up to 10 fingerprints recording
USB charge: With the feature of Low power consumption and long standby time
Support 360-degree arbitrary direction press type fingerprint recognition
Built-in 300mAh lithium battery, with a maximum standby time of up to 2 years, and a maximum number of unlocking time of up to 2500 times
Dimensions: 47 x 15 x 75mm (approx.)
Weight: 120g
Note: If the battery is short of power, it can be unlocked in an emergency. After charging, you can directly press the fingerprint to unlock it

On the front of the lock, there is a black overall finish that you can see is a magnet for fingerprints. On the lower half of the lock there is a fingerprint biometric pad and to the left of it is a LED that provides access indication/confirmation.


On one side of the padlock, there is a USB charging port with a rubber waterproof cover.

Performance

Biometric access for this lock is set up with an administrator set of fingerprints and up to 10 user fingerprints. See the setup instructions below.


Once you follow the instructions, setup is very easy and the biometric access has worked as indicated. I have been using it every day a few times daily for about almost one month and I have not had to recharge so far. I will admit that I do not have it attached to anything that I need critical access to because I am unable to get over my fear of some electronic failure and no manual override key.

What I like

  • The biometric feature
  • The build quality

What can be improved

  • Addition of a non-electronic emergency unlock capability like a proprietary key

Final thoughts

I have always been intrigued by biometric access for many types of devices but I have always been a bit apprehensive to trust the safekeeping of anything critical to such devices. My concerns have included possible failures of the biometric functions at a critical time and the vulnerabilities associated with the abilities of hackers or such relevant criminal types if the device is connected online. In the case of this lock, there is the additional concern of no mechanical type override key, with the override function also being electronic. While I really like the build quality, and while it has functioned pretty well even considering the times when repetition is needed to open the lock, my personal fear of being locked out at a critical time, makes me want to overlook the positives and pass on this one.

Price: $45
Where to buy: Brando
Source: The sample for this review was provided by Brando

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Nike’s new self-lacing, smart basketball shoe is the future of the game

NEWS – On Tuesday Nike officially introduced the world to the future of basketball shoes when it rolled out its first self-lacing shoes, the Adapt BB.

These new age kicks were designed to give you a customized, consistent fit.  When you step into the Nike Adapt BB, a custom motor and gear train senses the tension needed by the foot and adjusts accordingly to keep the foot snug.

The Adapt BB’s where built for basketball. Nikes FitAdapt tech allows players to adjust the fit of the shoes depending on different moments of a game. For example, during a timeout, a player can loosen the shoe before tightening it up as they re-enter the game. This can be done manually with the touch of a button on the shoe or by using the Nike Adapt app.

With the Nike Adapt app, you can fine-tune your fit, switch between presets, customize the LED lights,  and check the shoes battery levels.

The Adapt BB’s are powered by a rechargeable battery. Charging the shoes is as easy as placing them the Qi wireless charging mat that comes with every pair. According to Nike, the shoes will last up to 14 days on a single full charge. Fully charging the shoes takes about three hours.

If you want to see the shoes in action, Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum will be the first NBA player to wear the Adapt BB’s in an NBA game Wednesday night in Boston’s home game against the Toronto Raptors. Nike’s Adapt BB basketball shoe ($350) will be available at 10:00 AM EST on February 17th which coincidentally is the same day as this year’s NBA All-Star game.

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