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Use a smartphone to unlock your front door

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    - KWIKSET
    Kwikset’s new Bluetooth-enabled Kevo deadbolt can be unlocked with a smartphone and a touch.
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    - KWIKSET
    Kwikset’s new Bluetooth-enabled Kevo deadbolt can be unlocked with a smartphone and a touch.

Kwikset’s new Kevo deadbolt can be unlocked with a smartphone and a simple touch.

The Bluetooth-enabled door lock communicates with the smartphone via an app that essentially turns the phone into an electronic key. When the phone comes within range of the lock, the lock recognizes it. Touch the lock to unlock it without taking the phone out of your pocket or purse.

You can send “eKeys” to others with compatible phones to give them access to your home, and you can disable or delete those eKeys if necessary.

The app is currently available only for iPhone 4S and 5 and iPads. Android and Blackberry apps are being developed. A key fob can be used by people who don’t have a compatible device.

The Kevo deadbolt costs $219. www.kwikset.com/kevo.

Mary Beth Breckenridge,

Akron Beacon Journal

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