Whether you’ve had to use a coat hanger to get in your car, jimmy open a window with a pocket knife or, as a last resort, call a locksmith, nothing puts the kibosh a good day quite like locking yourself out of your car, apartment or house.
However, KeyMe, a new service launched in New York, aims to open a new door on the old solution of having a spare key. The service works by storing digital copies of your keys in the cloud and making them available at around-the-clock, key-making kiosks.
For added security, user accounts at the kiosk are only accessible via a finger print scan. Additionally, if your account is activated, KeyMe will send you a confirmation email.
To store digital key copies is free of charge. Users are only charged when keys actually need to be printed, at $20 a pop. Duplicate keys can also be made for $3.50 for simple brass key. For $6, novelty keys with bottle openers and sports team logos are available. Unfortunately, Key Me kiosks can’t make car keys, only home and office keys.
So far, kiosks are set up at two locations in Manhattan, which is a real bummer if you lock yourself out in St. Louis. But since three more location are on the way, perhaps KeyMe will spread outside of the the Big Apple.