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Lockitron allows doors to be unlocked via iPhone

updated 10:05 pm EDT, Fri May 13, 2011

Uses real keys as a backup, virtual keys to others

Apigy has introduced the Lockitron, a combination hardware and app kit that replaces the lock on your door with an internet-ready version that allows users to lock and unlock their doors using their iPhone (and eventually other smartphones), even remotely. While utilizing a traditional key and keyfob system for backup, the system also offers an option where users can text or email a "virtual key" code to others who need to enter the house, enabling them to use the system as well. A near-field communication (NFC) version is also in the works.

The company is planning an NFC version of the Lockitron that would be supported currently by the Nexus S Android phone, and by future iPhones and other models that may support NFC. The service works by using a plug server and ethernet cable tied to the electronic lock, and works with both deadbolt or handle locks. An approaching person simply texts the code to the unique web address, or uses the iPhone app, and can unlock or lock the door using encrypted data stored in the cloud.

The Lockitron is sold at a flat rate between $300 and $500 depending on door lock style. A texting option (for non-smartphone users) is available as a $5-per-month subscription.
















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  1. WiseWeasel

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -1

    What could possibly go wrong?

    Don't these ppl watch movies? You just know the second you go on vacation, John Travolta will make some baddie hack your door lock while getting a blow.

  1. facebook_Cameron

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    Joined: May 2011

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    Any internet-enabled smartphone

    Thanks for the Lockitron write up! I just wanted to clarify that Lockitron works with any internet enabled smartphone today - not just iPhones - through the browser without the need for the text message access (although it is sometimes easier than dealing with tiny browsers!).

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