Lockitron Turns Smartphones into House Keys
Smartphones have already replaced music players, books, newspapers, cameras and wallets. At this point, as they absorb every form of personal effects , a smartphone might as well serve as my house keys, too. Lockitron enables that transformation by letting users unlock doors with their iPhone.
Aside from further reducing personal clutter, Lockitron essentially allows users to create digital duplicate keys on the fly. Need a neighbor to feed the cats while away on vacation? Text the house to let them in. Don?t want to constantly buzz in guests when throwing a party? Simply email the code to your guests.
According to the Singularity Hub, the Lockitron system costs $300 to start with, and works either via text message or a website (although Android and iPhone apps are in the works). As you can see in the below video, the system works with both smartphones and regular cellphones.
Of course, computer security being what it is, not everyone will feel comfortable placing access to their home on a device so easily attacked by hackers. However, considering that only around 40 people actually use the system, it probably doesn?t have the critical mass needed to attract the attention of cybercriminals.
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