New hardware and app combos that let you open your door from anywhere

Below are a number of new interesting products being developed at the moment that are due to be available by Summer 2013.  These are phone-based door products that enable you to use your phone much as you would a key.  You walk up to the door, with your phone instead of your key, then unlock the door with your phone.

UniKey Keyless Entry System

http://www.unikey.com/

UniKey Keyless Entry System
UniKey Keyless Entry System

 

 

 

 

 

 

UniKey is a deadbolt that fits to your door.  It uses Bluetooth wireless technology to unlock the door. You just touch the UniKey deadbolt, and it unlocks if your phone is within a few feet of the lock.  Another  feature is that with the UniKey app you can send an electronic copy of the “key” for example, if you want to let a friend into your house while you’re away, you can send the key over the Internet, then the friend can use it to unlock your door. You can also revoke keys using the app and send keys that work only during certain hours of the day.

Agipy Lockitron Keyless Entry System

https://lockitron.com

Agipy Lockitron Keyless Entry System
Agipy Lockitron Keyless Entry System

 

 

 

 

 

 

Another similar smart phone lock is the Lockitron. Rather than being a replacement deadbolt, the Lockitron fits over your existing deadbolt and turns it phyiscally when you send the command from your phone. You can also turn the lock by hand.  It connects through your home’s Wi-Fi network, which means you can unlock the door from anywhere in the world over the Internet.  It can also be set to unlock the door automatically as you approach by detecting the Bluetooth signal from your phone. You can also grant access to others by sending them permission over email. 

Edison Junior DoorBot Smart Doorbell

https://secure.christiestreet.com/products/doorbot

Edison Junior DoorBot Smart Doorbell
Edison Junior DoorBot Smart Doorbell

 

 

 

 

 

 

The DoorBot is a doorbell and a camera that installs next to your door. The way it works is that when visitors ring the doorbell, your phone alerts you and you can see who’s there, even when you’re not at home.  You can speak to them through your phone. The camera has infrared vision and so works during the night. The DoorBot is designed to work with the Lockitron, so not only can you see and speak with whoever’s at your door, but you can let the person in, too.

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