Kwikset outs iPhone-exclusive wireless door lock

By , May 8, 2013

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Kwikset, the lockset maker owned by Black & Decker’s Hardware and Home Improvement Group, today announced an interesting smartphone-friendly wireless lock accessory that inches us closer to a fully connected home.

If you’re a fan of the app-enabled wireless lightbub from Philips, how about locking or unlocking your door by simply touching the deadbolt?

And I meant touching it with your finger – you don’t ever need to remove an iPhone from your pocket or purse. That’s what Kēvo, a UniKey-powered wireless deadbolt door lock, does for you by connecting with your iPhone, iPod or iPad through wireless Bluetooth Smart technology. Say goodbye to fumbling with or looking for your keys – your Phone is now your key…

The Kwikset Kēvo lock powered by UniKey is billed as “a breakthrough technology that turns your smartphone into an electronic key”.

According to UniKey Technologies CEO Phil Dumas who spoke with AppleInsider, the eKey functionality opens a whole new world of possibilities, including the ability to remotely and temporarily provide another iPhone user with an eKey.

With this feature, users can grant a limited-time key to a maid or contractor, or more permanent access options to fellow family members or roommates.

Granted, that’s something you can’t do with the traditional key.

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Once you pair your iPhone via Bluetooth with a UniKey accessory (and have the Unikey locking system actually installed in place of your current door lock, of course), locking or unlocking a door becomes a trivial matter of tapping on the exterior of the lock.

A flashing green light on the lock face tells the user that the door is successfully locked/unlocked. No interaction with your device is required because the Kēvo unlocks the door by actually detecting when your iPhone is in the lock’s range.

Have a look at the promo clip below.

The Kēvo is powered by four AA batteries said to last a year.

The accessory will initially launch as an iOS-exclusive because “Apple is just so much further along with their low energy protocol” compared to mobile devices from other vendors.

Becase the Kēvo depends on the Bluetooth Low Energy profile, it’s only compatible with Apple’s Bluetooth 4.0-enabled iOS devices: the iPhone 4S/5, iPad 3/4, iPad mini and and fifth-generation iPod touch.

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You can also re-key the new deadbolt to your old physical key and the accessory uses military-grade encryption for wireless communication.

This is also interesting:

The UniKey system also treats a user’s iPhone as a physical key, which means multiple phones can’t be logged into the account at the same time. If users lose their phone and log into another device, the lost phone’s key access will automatically be revoked.

All events get logged and can be received as Push Notifications, optional email or SMS text, so you can instantly tell who is accessing your home and when. Of course, you’ll need a companion iOS app to set up your UniKey account, manage users, send, delete and transfer eKeys and lots more.

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Topping it all off, the deadbolt can also be locked with a series of taps even if an authorized smartphone isn’t present, allowing visitors to easily lock the front door when letting themselves out of your home.

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Last June, Unikey Technologies raised a cool $1.1 million for his idea, an SEC filing revealed. He previously raised half a million dollars from Mark Cuban and Kevin O’Leary on the season finale of ABC’s Shark Tank.

The Kēvo should retail for under $250, with pre-orders opening in mid-June.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/brandon.higgins.12 Brandon Higgins

    I’ll still with lockitron which works with SMS and 2.0 bt as well. If this were available right this moment I’d probably go pick one up, but lockitron will be shipping sooner.

  • Muhammad

    A person doesn’t have a physical key, and gets his iPhone stolen and now is locked out of his house

    • http://twitter.com/BoNzY666 ★ Ste Bonzy ★

      what if you lose your keys?

  • Gorgonphone

    thats cool .. but if they steal your phone they get your lock

    • http://www.facebook.com/brianlocker Brian Locker

      My guess is there is a way to revoke access on a per device basis for these situations.

  • bigzjoseph

    This sucks

  • http://twitter.com/lavx1 M.a.j Stomphorst

    But what if your phone’s battery dies?
    You have to keep a charger outside your house?
    Or a battery underneath your doormat?

    • iBanks

      Guess you missed the big key hole in the center huh?

      • http://twitter.com/lavx1 M.a.j Stomphorst

        Yes I did but
        The big idea here is that you don’t have to carry a key anymore
        So why the hell would I get this if I still have to carry a key?
        that would make the Kwikset irrelevant

      • iBanks

        Obviously your’e missing the point. It creates an connivence factor. Maybe you should read the article or watch the video again for a better insight. The ability to send keys remotely rather than leaving an physical key under the mat is a seller for me being that I have many out of town visitors. But in a sense, this is like the newer cars that doesn’t require the key to enter the car, just needs to be in range, but yet you still need the key on you to get in.

      • http://twitter.com/lavx1 M.a.j Stomphorst

        0:10 he throws the keys away

  • Thi Han

    Lol shark tank

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Zeljko-Nikolic/1646404156 Zeljko Nikolic

    you have to put one more iphone under the carpet to have a reserve key…

    • iBanks

      Guess you too missed the big key hole in the center huh?

  • http://twitter.com/aidanharris1 ✪ aidan harris ✪

    “You can delete these keys at any time it’s that simple”

    So what happens if someone puts their device in aeroplane mode since I assume wifi or 3G is used somewhere. Does the actual lock have wifi and update all the time allowed keys and disallowed keys or is it unintelligent by which I mean the app maintains a list of allowed keys?

  • http://twitter.com/El_Barto_01 El Barto

    So I need to wire my door?

  • http://www.facebook.com/zech19 Zeze Loco Sterlin

    So can it be jailbroken lol . Jk

    • http://twitter.com/lavx1 M.a.j Stomphorst

      no Will it blend

  • http://www.facebook.com/clint.coller Clint Ross Coller

    so I have a small apt. in NYC. If the phone is close to the door, can someone come up and touch the lock from outside and unlock my door?

    • Jonn Parker

      “When I’m inside the house, can someone touch the Kevo lock to unlock it from the outside?”

      No, the Kevo lock has a unique and patent pending feature to detect if the authorized user is inside or outside of the house, so there will be no accidental unlocking from an unauthorized user outside.

  • Murp

    This device works only with wifi ?? BT for what then..???
    Blackout–>Without key (Because somebody are so smart
    xDD)–>Router/Modem off–>To sleep on the stairs..?? (Iwant
    to believe that the BT are a small backup…)