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The key is a beautiful creation. It's small, portable, cheap, and effective. What's the problem? They're annoying. No one likes fumbling for them before opening the door, scratching up the area around a lock at night, or leaving them on the coffee table at work. This is why you probably want the Kwikset Kevo Bluetooth-enabled door lock, which can turn your smartphone into your house key. Security without the hassle. This is what technological advancement is for.

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Now for the details. The lock works by using UniKey technology and Bluetooth Low Energy 4.0 to trigger a deadbolt. Owners just have to tap a finger against the Kevo to unlock it, as long as their phone is in range. It won't unlock the door if someone else touches it while your phone is nearby inside, as it's smart enough to detect the proximity of the phone and reacts accordingly. The Kevo also ships with a key fob, so children can get in without parents having to supply them with a smartphone of their own. If you have multiple children or don't have a smartphone yourself, additional fobs are also sold separately.

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It should come as no surprise that the Kevo can also do other things that physical keys can't, such as the ability to send digital eKeys to friends and family members. Owners manage these keys on their smartphones and can delete them at any time. This means it's possible to grant someone an eKey just long enough for them to enter the home once, saving the laziest among us the effort of getting up to unlock the door. Watch the video below to see the tool in action.

The Kevo isn't shipping until September, but it's already available for pre-order. Anyone who is ready to bite can place an order on Amazon, Newegg, Home Depot, or Build.com (they currently say the device ships at the end of October, but they will probably adjust that once they know a better date). The Kevo is going to set you back $220, but hey, how often does home improvement ever come cheap?

Update: The Kevo is only compatible with smartphones that support Bluetooth Smart Ready/Bluetooth 4.0. An Android app is in the works, but the release date is not yet available.

Source: Kwikset

Bertel King, Jr.
Born and raised in the rural South, Bertel knows what it's like to live without 4G LTE - or 3G, for that matter. The only things he likes sweeter than his tea are his gadgets, and while few objects burn more than a metal phone on a summer day, he prefers them that way anyway.

  • Josh

    It's not available for Android, is it? Is this Android news?

    • TY

      The app will become available for additional platforms, pending software
      upgrades to support Bluetooth Smart Ready/Bluetooth 4.0. App
      development for Android and Blackberry is currently underway.

  • Mystery Man

    For apple...

    • Nathaniel_Graham

      The app will become available for additional devices, pending software upgrades to support Bluetooth Smart Ready/Bluetooth 4.0. Development of the app for Android and Blackberry is currently underway.

  • Andrew

    A friend of mine purchased a Lockitron, but they're not released yet so I haven't heard how he likes it. Any advantages to the Kevo? I definitely would like a smart lock, but don't know which.

    • AndrewNeo

      I preordered a Lockitron, I'd say it looks like the advantages to this is that it supports keyfobs.. but that's about it, from what I can tell. Lockitron will have wifi support so phones without BLE can use it just fine. (Which is slightly less convenient, but arguably safer)

  • Matthew Fry

    This will be awesome for all the Android BLE users (Nexus 4) when they get around to finishing the app.

  • John Smith

    I hate it when "smartphone == Apple product". It's like saying "U.S. == The World"

    • Michael

      Understood the first part, lost me on the second part.

      • Sorian

        "Available now for download" *Only in the US, not in International Market.

        • Michael

          U.S. == The World

          • Ror

            U.S. == Za Warudo

  • http://kennydude.me/ Joe Simpson

    I would have thought NFC would be better?

    • NuLLnVoiD

      It might be but most phone don't have it yet.

      • http://the-jade-domain.com Jaime J. Denizard

        But they have Bluetooth 4.0? :P

        • enoch861

          Bluetooth 4.0 consumes very little power compared to the other bluetooth versions. Thus a reason why its being used here.

          • http://the-jade-domain.com Jaime J. Denizard

            I'm saying to @NuLLnVoiD:disqus that if a phone doesn't have NFC, it probably doesn't have BT 4.0 either.

          • yankeesusa

            If my note 2 and my wife's galaxy s3 both have Bluetooth 4.0 then I'm sure they will be just fine. Most people that would buy this lock will most likely be informed of what phone they have and if it's 4.0. Plus the key fob will allow non smartphone use. I think the biggest thing here may be pricing.

          • lairdp

            Many phones have Bluetooth 4.0 that don't have NFC. All current/recent iPhones, for example. Right now NFC has less traction. And, to be honest, given how little power BLE requires, NFC is really only interesting in situations where there's an unpowered device in the picture.

            That being said, I'd love to have a lock like this except:
            - Add NFC support, so users can use a key fob, ring, etc., with no battery
            - Disable all internet connectivity. I'm sure it would be useful, but it's a terrible idea to internet-enable a door lock because it creates a whole new method of attack. In a traditional lock, you can only pick a lock when physically at the lock. With an internet-enabled lock, the whole planet can try picking your lock.

  • http://www.stevenmattera.com Steven Mattera

    http://www.lockitron.com - Infinitely cooler and they are starting to ship their product.

    • NuLLnVoiD

      It's not really cooler. It's a battery operated device that is stuck over you existing twist lock to mechanically twist it for you. It doesn't do much good for doors that have to be shoved a little because of tight fits or thick weather stripping. It also looks like a big white brick on your door. Kevo is definitely cooler but the lack of support for current Bluetooth is terrible.

      • http://www.stevenmattera.com Steven Mattera

        The Kevo is also battery powered - both use 4 AA batteries and both can last for 1 year.

        The Kevo also has a brick on the inside as well. Not sure of the actual dimensions on which one is bigger or not. (http://www.kwikset.com/Images/Kevo/box-contents.jpg)

        The Lockitron is great for people who rent and are not allowed to replace their deadbolt.

        The Lockitron also comes with more functionality then the Kevo, such as:

        * Don't have to change your already existing key.
        * Unlocking your door from anywhere via a website/app.
        * An NFC tag for using your Android phone to unlock your door.
        * Support for non-smartphone phones via SMS. (For friends or family)
        * Not advertising to the world that you have a smart-lock because from the outside it looks like a normal deadbolt.
        * Ability to send temporary keys out to people and have them work only on certain days, or certain time periods.
        * Receive notifications of not just when someone unlocks your door via key or phone, but also when someone knocks on your door. (Very useful for deliveries such as UPS and Fedex.)

        Also the icing on the cake it's also $40 cheaper and is shipping.

        • yankeesusa

          I guess we'll have to wait for a comparison of kevo and lockitron head to head. It will be interesting.

      • spydie

        Kevo will have the same problem with doors that have to be shoved a little to loosen the lock

  • _ThaNerd_

    Is this zwave compatible for devices such as the Mi Casa Verde?

  • Frekko

    cool ! Now it would be easier for Burglars to Break-in now

    • Juan Carlos Contreras

      I wonder what the percentage of geek burglars that like the physical work! I think they rather stay behind a computer to hack at sites or sell credit card numbers than do the physical theft. Remember, houses have windows, probably easier than to write an app or purchase standalone Bluetooth code scanner!

    • yankeesusa

      How is this any less safer than a regular deadbolt. This is actually safer in the sense it alerts you when it is activated. Hopefully they'll integrate a warning if the lock is being picked or broken into. Either way a lock with some type of electronic entry is normally safer than a regular deadbolt.

  • yankeesusa

    Although this is a cool design and feature, with 4.0 a lot of phones are left out, not to mention there are other options that cost less than $200 and although they may not be wireless they are keyless and only require a pin. Now my question is, is bluetooth less likely to be hacked or is nfc better?

    • Asphyx

      I would rather have NFC myself.
      I don't want my lock changing states just on proximity of BT.
      It suggests that if you go out the door the lock will lock itself...
      So what happens if you forget your smartphone on the way out?

      I would rather have NFC where I have to put the phone to the lock to change the lock state either way.

      • yankeesusa

        While nfc is great and I love using it for Google wallet payments it will require you to have an available hand to wave phone over lock. With Bluetooth only a touch is required. Also, there is a safeguard that supposedly is patent pending that as long as your phone stays on the inside the door will not unlock from the outside and hopefully will not lock when going out without phone. I'm sure they aren't going to release a product that has that risk. That said, $219 is a little too high for me right now. I would rather put that money into a nest thermostat first. Plus my current schlage keyless keypad is doing good so far. But if unikey wants to send me a test unit I will gladly accept it :)

        • John Smith

          My MINI Cooper is smart enough to implement these safe-guards with the keyless entry, I don't see why it would be a problem for a Front Door.

  • http://the-jade-domain.com Jaime J. Denizard

    I wonder how long this will take to get hacked.

    • yankeesusa

      That's my question too. Although Bluetooth is pretty secure. Hopefully it has a manipulation sensor that will warn you if someone is picking the lock.

    • David

      More or less the same time that a new security deadbolt get's compromised. I still think that these devices are harder to hack than a normal lock and definitely harder than breaking a window to enter. In fact the physical lock can get compromised in 10 seconds. Check "How to Open a Kwikset Smart Key Lock in 10 seconds" in youtube.

  • GothBoyUK

    Wouldn't be much use in most of Europe as there is a tendency to use Eurocylinder locks. Of course, some older doors or those properties with separate lockable interior doors (eg student houses) would probably be able to use these. Not sure you'd be covered by house insurance though if they found out.

  • jwats01

    I'm surprised no one mentioned the August lock. It's $200, and similar in functionality to Lockitron. One difference is that there is a round cylinder that goes on the door in place of the brick. It's in reservation mode, not yet shipping.

  • crapDroid

    Do not buy this. They are charging $2.00 per eKey everytime. I cancelled my 4 pre-orders. Please spread the words so people know. There are only 2 eKeys and a fob included. Each time you want to send a key, it cost $2.00 bucks. No thank you.

  • TommyT

    With this keyless entry, there is nothing to worry about your lost keys.

    Locksmith Schaumburg

  • http://www.kinhluan.com Kinhluan.com

    To me, once installed and tightened down on the door, it seems secure. I think it's a big mental process to move to a lock like this, and that's the reason I gave it four stars. All I did was stand in front of the door and tap the lock with my finger and it opened . Very convenient, isn't it?