Highlights from the 2014 LA Auto Show

Keys

Panny offers an alternative to the traditional keychain

Keychains do the job they're meant to do perfectly adequately. But is there a better way of carrying keys and other small objects? Tamir Bar-Ilan and Kobi Hazum from Las Vegas believe there is, and that it comes in the form of Panny.  Read More

The KeyMe kiosk stores keys as digital patterns in the cloud for latter duplicating

Getting locked out of the house is especially frustrating when you’ve forgotten the “safe” place where you hid the spare key. As an alternative to sleeping in the garden shed or emergency locksmith fees, KeyMe allows you to store a digital version of your house key in the cloud from which a duplicate key can be cut on demand.  Read More

The BladeKey offers a new way to carry keys

We've seen quite a few products designed to help eliminate excessively large and noisy keyrings, such as the Keyport and Keylet. Now, a new product called the BladeKey Bolt is entering the fray, but it comes with some, err, key differences.  Read More

The ShareKey app uses NFC to lock and unlock doors (Photo: Fraunhofer SIT)

Mobile phones have already swallowed up the average Joe's diary, compact camera, watch and Walkman. They're working on replacing the wallet as well – so the next logical step is to go hunting for the last remaining pocket-dwelling device they can gobble up in their mad fury of convergence – your keyring. Smart and secure door access apps and hardware have already sprung up using Bluetooth and Wi-Fi – now there's ShareKey, which uses NFC (near field communication) and aims to be the most secure of all systems.  Read More

The KeyLet is a key and a wallet in one device

We live in a world where less is more. The less we have to carry around with us, the better. The KeyLet is a new product designed with that philosophy in mind. It takes the two most common things everyone carries around with them, keys and a wallet, and combines them into one ultra small package. For the person who hates carrying any extra weight in their pockets, this product could be right up their alley.  Read More

UniKey is a system in which a digital key, stored on a smartphone app, can be used to open...

Well, we really should have seen this one coming. The humble door lock key, which has been around in one form or another for literally thousands of years, may be getting replaced by an app ... or more specifically, by an app that works with a dedicated lock. It’s called the UniKey system, and it has some features that are actually kind of clever.  Read More

The BOLT padlock system allows you to open multiple padlocks using your vehicle's ignition...

Nobody likes having to carry around a keychain full of keys, or – worse yet – arriving somewhere only to discover that they haven’t brought the key they need. The BOLT system offers an alternative. It allows you to open multiple padlocks, all using your vehicle’s ignition key.  Read More

NFC-enabled 'smart' car key technology has been launched by The Netherlands' NXP Semicondu...

Near Field Communication (NFC) was initially promoted as a mobile payments method, but the technology has since been applied to a broader range of applications - and the list is still growing. One of these is a new system allowing for NFC implementation in a car key, which has been launched by the Dutch company NXP Semiconductors. The system is a production-ready single-chip solution dubbed KEyLink Lite (codenamed NCF2970) that enables a connection between a "smart" car key and external NFC-compliant devices, such as mobile phones, tablets and laptops.  Read More

The Keyport consolidates six keys or a mix of keys and USB flash drive, mini-torch and bot...

With most households yet to make the move to biometric lock systems, most of us are still carrying around jangly keychains. And with keychains also attracting non-key items such as USB flash drives, mini-torches and the all-important bottle opener, they can quickly reach pocket bulging, Kramer-esque proportions. The Keyport is a pocket friendly, Swiss Army knife-like solution that can consolidate all these aforementioned items in one streamlined device and provides access to them with a flick of a thumb.  Read More

The Electronic Key Impressioner is a portable device that can reproduce practically any ca...

The Electronic Key Impressioner (EKI) is a portable device that can reproduce practically any car key. It uses a sensor that goes into the lock and sends information back to a computer via USB about the location of the lock's tumblers - a corresponding computer program searches for the code and a key-cutting machine can use it to grind out a key.  Read More

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