At CES in January, Yale announced they would soon release an NFC residential lock, the first of its kind in the US. A product page with the option to pre-order went up soon thereafter with the promise of delivery sometime in April. The ship date was updated today, and it seems Yale is going to miss their target − but not by much. The Yale YRD340 Mobile Phone Entry lock will be available May 4th for $224.99. It comes in three different colors: oil rubbed bronze, polished brass, and satin nickel.

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NFC, when implemented properly, is a wonderful tool that is quick and efficient. You could already use it for file sharing, fast device pairing, and mobile payments. It's great that now, thanks to Yale, you can also use it to open your front door.

If you like the idea of unlocking your front door with a tap of your phone, then hit up the link below. Still have questions? Then stop by and check out Ryan Whitwam's preview from CES.