Keys, aside from fire and shoes, may be the oldest technology most of us use on a daily basis. It’s hard to beat the simplicity of a uniquely shaped piece of metal, but there are a lot of advantages to having a networked lock–you can unlock the door for guests remotely, you can monitor access to your home, and yes, you won’t have to carry heavy, screen-scratching keys everywhere. Lockitron, a hardware company dedicated to networked deadbolts, has a new hardware locking solution that looks like a simple way to use your phone as a key.The first Lockitron ships in March 2013 after a wildly successful crowdfunding campaign. For $150, you can preorder a gadget that fits over your existing deadbolt, connects via WiFi to your home network, and lets you unlock your door through an SMS message or through an app for iOS.
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