07
Nov
image

Joining the race to replace all of your practical possessions with mobile apps, Lockitron is offering an NFC-based, key-free lock control solution for Android, iPhone, and Blackberry that has the potential for tons of applications, from letting people into your home while on vacation, to simply buzzing in a friend with no effort whatsoever.

Utilizing a system of "mobile keys," Lockitron's system communicates with a small hardware device connected to the user's internet router, which in turn communicates with your doors, either automatically, or through the use of an optional NFC tag that the user would manually slap onto a lock. Just in case your specific door isn't compatible with Lockitron, the company is offering "self install kits," which give you the hardware you need to unlock doors from anywhere.

For those with NFC-enabled phones (such as the Nexus S, or the upcoming Galaxy Nexus), unlocking a door with a mobile key is as simple as holding up your phone. Users can also send mobile keys to others via SMS, allowing them to unlock doors for a certain time frame, with the owner's permission.

At $295, the system isn't exactly accessible to the average consumer just yet, but compared to other solutions, Lockitron is reasonably priced, and seems to include some fairly awesome functionality, making it easy to manage your locks from just about anywhere, and allowing you to open the door for guests without the hassle of standing up or turning a door knob.

For more information, check out Lockitron's official website.

Liam Spradlin
Liam loves Android, design, user experience, and travel. He doesn't love ill-proportioned letter forms, advertisements made entirely of stock photography, and writing biographical snippets.

  • Joe

    Fancy...it'd be a cool feature to have but I can't see it becoming too common right away.

  • moccor

    And when your phone dies...?

    • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

      Then you use your key.

    • http://About.me/DarknesSx DarknesSx

      Wow i thought Stupid people only found in YouTube... Apparently, even in a Tech site you find some stupidity...

      • CollinW

        and a +1 to you good sir

  • Tkun

    That's actually really really cool. Imagine a son who happened to come home from college while his parents were out of town, but he didn't have house keys. One of his parents could just text him the keys so that he could get inside the house. That's beyond awesome.

    There isn't a tremendous need for it around my household, but I can definitely see things like this catching on in the near future.

    • Robert

      Except if mom and dad are having a little "me" time on vacation and absolutely can't be bothered to text at that minute :P

  • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

    I rented a house in Tahoe last year, and it was unlockable and reprogrammable from the Internet. My mind was blown - and here I thought my key lock was cool.

    This is taking it to the next level.

  • Jaz

    How easy is it to hack this? I'd be afraid that someone could use this with their phone.

    • Murphy

      99% of regular locks can be easily picked...

    • Ron Amadeo

      It would be much easier to "hack" your window with a brick.

  • chahk

    Talk about putting all eggs in one basket. Someone gets hold of your phone - and they have access to your information, your wallet, and now your place. I'm not sure I need to consolidate *that* much.

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

      It's important to realize that things like Google Wallet also require a PIN code, so unless the thief had all of your codes, they would be out of luck. Besides of course the fact that they have your phone.

      • somerandomguy

        Yeah, but with people being so stupid these days, maybe they have they PIN noted in their phone. One friend of mine had to restore her iPhone because she changed the unlock code and, not to forget it, she noted it… in the notes app in the iPhone itself!

    • Ron Amadeo

      True. Remote wipe.

      • http://verb0ze.net verboze

        LOL, was just thinking about this. There are tons of apps out there that will allow you to remote wipe your phone in case you lose it. If you do not have this installed already, GET TO IT RIGHT AWAY! Lookout is my personal fav, but there are others, just google. This is a bigger security concern than some app that will unlock your door XD

  • extremely well

    Way too expensive. I'd spend $150 max on something like this, since the $100 alternative is very close in functionality (3-in-1 lock with RF remote, keypad code or physical key). Simply program a code to later give to guests/cleaners, then change it when they leave. Or give them an RF knob. Or give a semi-permanent code to your parents/siblings (and other people who'll never steal from you).

  • Sorin

    It's not open source, it's not based on "Android@Home" and it's not supported by a big company like Google. Better wait till next year..

  • http://sketaful.se Sketaful

    I think I'll stick with my regular key. Sure A lock can be "picked" but I don't trust programs as much as physical locks.
    I can see the news: I bug has been found in the new lock-app that makes it open every door if someone runs a microwave owen to close to the phone. A patch will be release shortly to fix this...

    In the future burglars will look for people that don't upgrade their software quick enough. :P

  • someone

    Err, how do the aforementioned devices that aren't Android have nfc for this to support?

  • http://twitter.com/MKChris MKChris

    I reckon tons of companies will be taking advantage as more phones get NFC support, which should push the prices right down.