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Now the solution is in the cloud

By on November 13, 2013

To protect ourselves against getting locked out of our homes, many of us stash a spare under the welcome mat, or leave a set with a friend. Planners, take note: KeyMe, a New York-based start-up, proposes that instead, we store our keys in the cloud. It recently installed self-serve kiosks at 7-Eleven stores across New York, where users can instantly make copies of their keys. KeyMe will store digital copies of them for free online, there’s no limit on how many, and if you get locked out, it can download your key and print it. Creating a spare key from the cloud cost $19.99; to simply make a copy of a key costs up to $5.99. (KeyMe says that, thanks to its “advanced robotics”, it’s more accurate than most hardware stores and locksmiths.) Hopefully we’ll be seeing some of those in Canada soon.

            Cloud-based services are increasingly big business these days, with people storing music collections, books, important emails and documents. Maybe it was just a matter of time before we turned over the keys to our home also. 

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