When you’re living in Manhattan, it’s probably a living hell walking around Down Town finding out you’ve totally forgotten your house keys. Well, every disease has a cure and Manhattan’s cure is called KeyMe. This start-up offers an emergency service where New Yorkers can print out their home keys online and have them delivered home right away; the so-called emergency lockout key delivery service at physical key cutting kiosks in 7-Eleven and Bed Bath & Beyond stores.
The company is working together with Shapeways to offer this service online. It seems to be the idea that also people from outside of New York will be able to use this service. Anyway, it works like this: customers can print their keys from the KeyMe iOS app using a digital copy of the key stored in KeyMe’s cloud. For 10 dollars they can buy a new plastic key, but there also appears to be a solid gold version for 4000 dollars. God knows why anyone would ever spend 4000 bucks on a key, but maybe it’s something for key collectors, just like there are stamp collectors or something.
However, we can not decide yet whether this service is the key to success or just a risky innovation. We do think The Verge has recently made a good point stating that this whole service could potentially be a little dangerous, but – of course – only time will tell:
“This partnership could be both convenient and dangerous. If the system works as planned, it could be a huge help for anyone who needs a key fast, or for anyone who doesn’t have time to go to a local hardware store to get a key copied. While KeyMe kiosks require fingerprint identification and the iOS app needs your email to access any information, there’s always a chance that something could slip through the cracks. It’s a novel approach to a very real problem, but in the long run customers will have to be cautious when storing information in a cloud or phone that can literally open their doors to anyone.”