KeyMe Lets You Print Keys When You Are Locked Out
We all have dealt with the frustration of losing our house keys, or getting locked out of the car with the keys inside. You can’t always trust the traditional key-under-the-mat method to store all your keys, so what about saving it virtually?
KeyMe has now come up with that solution. With over a twenty outlets across New York City, and a few in Arizona, Florida and Arkansas, the company has opened its most recent store in San Francisco this week.
KeyMe is only available on iOS right now, while Android’s version is in the pipeline. All it requires is you to take a picture of any key you desire to back up – either your home, car or office key. The app then uploads that image to the company’s system. Locked out and require a key? Just a press of a button will tell the company to deliver the key to you through mail.
If you can’t wait long enough for the mail, you can simply drive to one of KeyMe’s signature bright yellow kiosks and get a new key printed within a minute.
Getting the key printed costs nearly the same as conventional key making, that is around $3 – $6 if you have the key physically present to be copied. Whereas if the key is being made from their cloud storage, it will take around $20.
However, this sounds like risky business. It clearly points at thieves getting copies of your keys and exploiting them to the fullest. But KeyMe is confident that such incidents are highly unlikely, and neither has any such crime occurred, using their service.
Moreover, in order to get the key printed, it paves a digital track to each user and their key, as it requires a fingerprint to use the kiosk, an email account to sign up and a credit card and address to print a new key.
“We’ve made hundreds of thousands of keys,” said Michael Harbolt, KeyMe’s vice president of marketing. “We haven’t had one instance of our keys being used in a crime.”
KeyMe’s venture shines light on the fact that 3D printing is here to stay. It is rapidly being used in sensitive cases like personal keys, housing and medical replication, meaning that it is a trustworthy technology that just might become a part of our daily lives, like smart devices which were once just a fantasy concept seen in action movies.
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