With the iPhone 5S, biometrics are suddenly on everyone’s mind. And it’s incredibly neat that you can unlock a phone just by giving it the fing- heh, by scanning your finger. But biometrics have been around for a while, and currently, you can use them to lock your doors.
No More Lost Keys
Essentially, these locks are designed for two situations. One is for offices, obviously; the iTouchless lock can store up to 150 fingerprints, making it a lot cheaper and more efficient than the usual solution of issuing RFID keycards, which can get lost or destroyed fairly easily. The other is for homes: If you’ve got small children, elderly relatives, or people you just know are going to constantly lose their keys in your house, you can just key the lock to their finger, and stop worrying about it.
Back-Up Built In
Another nice touch is that there’s more than one way to open the lock, and no, we don’t mean the Sneakers method of getting past a keypad lock. There is, however, a discreet keypad on either side of the lock that allows you to enter a passcode if, for some reason, your finger isn’t getting you access. And if that doesn’t work either, it’s still a standard door lock; there are two back-up keys that allow you to simply key your way in.
Discreet, As Well
The nice part is that none of this is exposed to the elements. Everything has a discreet cover that fits over the lock and you only need to lift to access. The real question, of course, is how much a fancy fingerprint scanner on your front door will run you, and surprisingly not that much: It’s for sale for $320, but you can get it for a bit less on sites like Amazon. And, hey, even if you pay full price, that’s still half of what an iPhone 5S will run you.
Dan Seitz is an obsessive nerd living in New England. He lives in the Boston area with a fiancee, a dog, a cat, and far too many objects with processors.