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In addition to replacing your wallet, it looks like your Android device may eventually replace your key ring as well. Yale Locks and Hardware showed off their Real Living line of motorized locks this year at CEDIA Expo, promising that your NFC-enabled phone will soon be able to open your front door digitally.

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The new line of locks is also compatible with Zigbee and Z-Wave home automation systems and offers support for Assa Abloy's existing Mobile Keys system which allows users to securely store all their digital keys on their phone.

Little else is known about these locks for now, but they serve as one more sign that NFC is set to make a significant splash in the world of electronics, allowing your Android handset to effectively replace even more of your belongings.

Source: CEPro via Engadget

Liam Spradlin
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  • Denny

    What happens when someone steals your phone?

    • SarcasticOne

      im assuming that once enabled there wouldnt be anything to show your address...

    • http://florynce.info Florynce

      The "What happens when someone steals your phone?" argument is ridiculous. What happens when someone steals your keys? First of all they have to know where you live to get into your house. Secondly, just like if you lost your keys you should change your locks. Luckily since you have an NFC lock you can just reprogram your lock to your new phone and disable the old one instead of having to physically replace the lock.

      I'm also sick of hearing the same argument for if someone steals your phone and you have your credit cards on your phone. The phone is more secure than a credit card because you have to enter a PIN to use it to pay. With a credit card you just swipe and sign. How often do you get your ID checked when using a credit card? Rarely unless you are buying alcohol.

      I wonder if people said the same things when phones first got contact lists. "If someone steals your phone, they know all of your friends phone numbers! I'll stick to my rolodex!"

      • Denny

        Considering the amount of information stored on phones, it won't be hard to figure out where you live. What happens when someone steals your phone is not ridiculous. You are only trying to be oblivious to what is a very common demise to phones.

      • http://www.digitalbmx.com Luc

        I get sick of these idiots too...
        The fact that phones are now peoples' music players, email devices, in some cases cameras etc. doesn't incite them to think "if someone steals this/if I lose this, then my phone/iPod/camera is all gone, so instead I'll be smart and carry separate devices around..."
        Small minded morons who have no vision for the future.

        • http://www.liamspradlin.com Liam Spradlin

          If your phone is lost there are numerous apps to find it remotely, and I'd venture to say that the odds of recovering a single device vs many are much higher. I also have a feeling that if a thief was willing to steal your phone out of whatever you are carrying, they may get a hold of other devices as well.

          I can't really speak to the point of a thief finding out where you live from your handset, as I'm unsure where/whether that data is even present on my own phone. I have no doubt however that if the thief were very clever and was able to log in to an account such as ebay, paypal, etc. they could find out, but it would take a lot of effort and cunning that I think many thieves are without.

  • http://trevorsullivan.net Trevor Sullivan

    What happens when your phone's battery is dead?

    • Collin

      If the battery is dead there is a keypad entry... As shown in the video...that would be a huuuuuge single point of failure if the lock was dependant on yourphone

      • http://twitter.com/shamus_carter james kendall

        also if you look closely their is still a 3rd backup encase the keypad's batteries die something novel a old fashioned key hole entry with pin and tumblers.

  • Mike

    I think the "What happens if someone steals your phone" argument has more to do with how the hell do you get back in your house without it rather than someone breaking in. At least that's the first thing I thought of when reading this. I still want it though. The future!

    Edit: Oh, a keypad entry for backup purposes. I guess I should watch the video before posting. Still, The Future! I want it!

  • dieseldk

    do you need to start an app and press on the screen like in the video or just hold the phone op to the look?

  • Jeff

    BTW, NFC only works when the phone screen is unlocked - with so much value on the data and features inside your phone I hope you all lock your screens.