News

‘Smart’ lock opens your door with your phone

‘Smart’ lock opens your door with your phone

LEAVE YOUR KEYS AT HOME: Kwikset has developed a new app that allows you to unlock your door. Photo: clipart.com

LAKE FOREST, Calif. (AP) — It’s one of the cool things people expect from their smartphones — the ability to open and lock their doors without using a key. And it’s a promise made good with the Kwikset Kevo Smart Lock.

It’s a lock that opens and closes using Bluetooth technology. Once you install the deadbolt lock and download the app, you can leave your keys behind — because you control access using your phone. Simply tap on the lighted ring of the lock and the door opens itself.

The installation is pretty simple — even for one who isn’t particularly handy; it’s no more difficult than installing a typical deadbolt.

It even allows you to easily re-key the lock to work with your existing Kwikset keys, so you don’t have to ditch your old one.

Speaking of keys, the Kevo lets you send electronic “keys” to family, friends — or even service people. The app tells you when anyone has used the key to get in or out of the house.

And if you have no smartphone — no worries. The Kevo comes with a fob that can provide the same easy in and out functions the app does. The app currently is available only for iPhone 4s, 5, 5c and 5s as well as the third generation iPad and fifth gen iPod touch — but an Android version is coming soon.

The Kevo deadbolt retails for $219 at a number of retailers nationwide.

Recent Headlines

in National, World

Israel warns of long Gaza war as Palestinian fighters cross border

Israeli soldiers patrol outside the northern Gaza Strip on July 28, 2014.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu dashes any hopes of a swift end to the three-week conflict as Palestinian fighters launched an audacious cross-border raid.

in Sports

Only arguing remains in Sterling trail

FILE - In this Nov. 12, 2010, file photo, Shelly Sterling sits with her husband, Donald Sterling, right, during the Los Angeles Clippers' NBA basketball game against the Detroit Pistons in Los Angeles. With a $2 billion sale of the Clippers hanging in the balance, a judge is set to determine Monday, June 30, 2014, if the terms of a family trust alone are enough to confirm Donald Sterling was properly removed as trustee and allow his estranged wife to sell the team without his consent.

Only final arguments and a ruling remain in the trial to determine whether Donald Sterling's estranged wife can sell the Los Angeles Clippers for $2 billion.

in Lifestyle

Amazon offers 3D printing to customize products

A box from Amazon.com is pictured on the porch of a house in Golden, Colorado on July 28, 2008.

Amazon will offer 3D printing services that allow customers to customize and build earrings, bobble head toys and other items.

in Lifestyle

U.S. doctor contracts Ebola in Liberia

In this 2014 photo provided by the Samaritan's Purse aid organization, Dr. Kent Brantly, left, treats an Ebola patient at the Samaritan's Purse Ebola Case Management Center in Monrovia, Liberia. On Saturday, July 26, 2014, the North Carolina-based aid organization said Brantly tested positive for the disease and was being treated at a hospital in Monrovia.

American doctor, Kent Brantley, has tested positive for the tropical disease Ebola.

in Lifestyle

Pope Francis renews attack on mafia

Pope Francis waves as he leads a mass at the palace of Caserta, former residences of the Royal House of Bourbon, in Caserta, southern Italy on July 26, 2014.

Pope Francis called for nature to be protected from criminal abuse during a visit in the southern Italian town of Caserta, near Naples.