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The Kwikset Kevo lock opens at your touch

Michael Brown | May 9, 2013
Those fancy entry locks with the touch-sensitive numeric keypads are so 2012. Kwikset's new Kevo deadbolt quizzes your iPhone to verify that you're authorized to enter, and then unlocks when you physically touch it.

Don't have an iPhone? Kwikset provides a keyfob that works in the same way. If you lose your phone, you can log into the Kevo app on another phone or into the Kevo web portal and delete or disable any eKeys associated with the lock. UniKey plans to add support for Android and BlackBerry phones in the near future.

If you want services beyond that, however, you will need to sign up for a subscription. UniKey plans to develop a wireless bridge that will enable you to program and control the lock via the cloud. The services Dumas described sounded very similar to Nexia Home Intelligence: "You'll be able to send unlimited keys to other phones, and there will be timed-access keys for things like a maid service. You'll have unlimited notifications when someone arrives home--or doesn't arrive home. We'll have remote lock and unlock capabilities." Dumas went on to say that the subscription element has not yet been fully defined.

The free Kevo features will be enough for some, but I would want to be able to tie the lock into my larger home-control/home-security system. One other detail Dumas wasn't available to provide before we published this story: Price. I expect it will be in line with current touchpad locks that can be included in home-control systems such as ADT, Iris, Nexia Home Intelligence, and Vivint. Those locks range in price from $200 to $275, but we won't know until the unit goes on sale.

I've requested an eval unit and will follow up with a hands-on review as soon as I receive it.


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