Halo Touch connects directly to the building's WiFi, and homeowners should be able to install the lock themselves. It can be controlled and monitored through the free Kwikset app, which offers lock notifications and shows activity. Thanks to the app, you won't need a third-party hub or subscription. Halo Touch also works with Google Home and Alexa. Similar to other devices with biometric log-ins (your MacBook Pro, say), the fingerprints are stored on the device itself, not in the cloud. In case any of this tech fails, the lock does come with a physical key as a failsafe.
Kwikset has been developing smart locks for a decade, and this time last year, the company unveiled its first WiFi-enabled, Home Kit-compatible lock. Halo Touch makes sense as an addition to the larger lineup. It will be available sometime this year, though it's not clear when. It will cost $249 and be sold through HomeDepot.com, Lowes.com, Amazon.com and Build.com. It will come in three finishes: nickel, bronze and black.