KeyMe scans, stores and can print users' door keys so that they never get locked out again.
Currently only available on iOS, the app launched this week in the US and is free to download from the Apple App Store. Once installed, it uses the iPhone's camera to photograph both sides of the key -- you'll have to position the key in question on a sheet of white paper and hold the phone four inches away in order to do so -- and then stores the image in the cloud.
Augmented with technical specifications captured via the camera, in the event of a lock-out, the user can present the images to a locksmith who will have enough information to create an exact replica without having to use the original as a template. Replica and duplicate keys can also be ordered direct from KeyMe in a host of styles, which can be used as spares or given to friends and family.
Furthermore, the company is in the process of setting up a chain of automated KeyMe automated kiosks that can create keys on demand, either from the data stored in the cloud or from an existing key.
The company behind the app claims that in the US alone there are 90 million lock-outs a year where an emergency locksmith has to be called or the door has to be forced open. Like smart door locks which co-opt Bluetooth, NFC, or some other form of smartphone technology as a means of replacing the traditional key and of offering others access to your home, KeyMe can also provide other trusted friends and family members with access to your home, by printing off and mailing them a physical key, a feature that means non-smartphone owners, like grandparents, wouldn't be excluded.
To ensure absolute security, KeyMe doesn't store a user's personal details, such as their physical address and instead uses their email address, mobile device and credit card details for authentication and identification. The images stored in the cloud are done so securely and, even if the company's firewall is breached, it doesn't hold any information that could connect a user's key to the door it opens.
KeyMe makes its money by charging users for presenting key-cutting information to a locksmith ($9.99) while ordering a new key via the mail varies from $3.99 to $6.99 depending on the style of key ordered. Using a kiosk, something only possible for New York residents at the moment, will cost $19.99 for cutting a key from an image stored in the cloud, but a replica cut from an existing key will cost $3.49 to $5.99, depending on what design is chosen. Storing images of keys is not only free but is unlimited.