Kwikset Kevo Bluetooth-enabled deadbolt now up for pre-order

By on July 31, 2013, 7:30 AM
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The home automation bandwagon just rolled through town delivering the latest bit of hi-tech kit. Kwikset’s upcoming Bluetooth-enabled deadbolt known as the Kevo is now available for pre-order which promises to work seamlessly with your smartphone to lock and unlock your door with a simple touch.

It all works via Bluetooth 4.0 LE technology which pairs up with an app for your handset. Apps currently exist for iPhone 4S and 5, fifth generation iPod touch as well as the third generation or higher iPad and iPad mini. Apps for Android and BlackBerry are currently underway, the company said in a press release on the matter.

The hardware will be available in three different finishes: satin nickel, venetian bronze and polished brass to more closely match your home / door décor. The lock is powered by four AA batteries which are included in the retail bundle alongside two regular mechanical keys, a key fob and two eKeys for your smartphone. The company claims the batteries should last for up to one year of normal use.

What’s more, Kevo claims to be able to unlock your door without even having to pull out your smartphone. Once the phone is within range of the lock, all you have to do is touch your finger to the Kevo to unlock it and gain entry.

You’ll need to shell out $219 to get started which might be a bit difficult for some to swallow. Either way, we’re told the Kevo will be shipping to new owners come September.




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Guest said:

200 bucks? The guy on tv with the free and clear real estate claims you can buy a house for 100 bucks.

MilwaukeeMike said:

Cool yes, but way to low on the usefulness meter for $219.

freythman freythman said:

Now I'm waiting to read the articles about someone finding an exploitable vulnerability in these that allows for someone to easily compromise them.

cmbjive said:

That's too much to just save time by not having to put your key through the keyhole.

1 person liked this | cliffordcooley cliffordcooley, TechSpot Paladin, said:

That's too much to just save time by not having to put your key through the keyhole.
And thats after being chauffeured home by an auto driving car.

Skidmarksdeluxe Skidmarksdeluxe said:

I like the thought of being chauffeured about but I'm not sold on this automated security thing. It's no problem for me to slip a good old fashioned key into a lock. Cost's a hellava lot less too.

RenGood08 RenGood08 said:

Now I'm waiting to read the articles about someone finding an exploitable vulnerability in these that allows for someone to easily compromise them.

Well, I can betcha hackers are already working on it if they find out about this article. Car thieves are using signal jamming devices to prevent you from locking your car door so they can get in and steal it. House thieves might start finding a way to find the flaw in this...which I could probably find quite a few lol.

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