Keyless Entry Goes Home
from the as-long-as-my-house-doesn't-honk-and-flash-lights dept
These days, it seems sort of old fashioned to think about putting a key into the door of your car. I don't think I've ever used the keys to my car to actually open the door. The keychain has a fob that has keyless entry, which is just easier all around. More cars are starting to show up with keyless ignition systems as well (the Prius, for example), so that all you need is the fob in your pocket and you can start the car up automatically. So, why is this only happening in automobiles? It sounds like some home lock makers are starting to move in that direction as well, working on systems for keyless home locks. Right now, they're the basic keypad variety, which are already pretty common as a way to open garage doors, but they say it's only a matter of time until you can open your front door with a key fob, just like your car. Of course, considering that the system used in the keyless entry systems for cars was recently cracked this might make some people nervous -- until they realize that their existing door locks are probably easily picked in seconds with pretty simple equipment. Besides, if you combine keyless entry systems with new sensor networks and home automation systems, you could be alerted the second anyone even unlocked your front door when it probably should remain locked. Still, my only request should such a system be built is that when I click on my key fob to lock my front doors, I'd prefer that the house not honk or flash its lights -- though, having the front light turn on when I unlock the door wouldn't be a bad idea.