KeyMe is a startup that wants to make sure you never get locked out of your home or office again. In a partnership with 7-Eleven, the company has installed KeyMe kiosks in Manhattan which allow users to scan and store key creation information in the cloud. Storing your key is completely free, but printing off a replacement copy after losing the original will cost the user approximately $20. In order to bring up the digital copy of a key, the user must scan their fingerprints.
While getting a duplicate key made at a typical hardware store costs about $2 to $5, that requires the original key in order to make a duplicate. Compared to a locksmith, KeyMe provides a significantly cheaper option for anyone that misplaces the original. In New York City, a typical locksmith could charge anywhere from $100 to $200 to break into a home and replace the door lock.
Regarding security, KeyMe doesn’t store any information about where a user lives or even their name. Besides an email address, the only piece of information that’s tied to the digital key file is the fingerprint of the user.
Source: digitaltrends.comAdded: 8 October 2013