KeyMe, a Manhattan-based key replacement service, has partnered with Shapeways, a 3D printing service, to create fanciful keys from scans of the original key. KeyMe has a free app that allows users to scan their key and store it on the cloud.
Key storage on the cloud is free, there is only a cost when users purchase a physical key. Users can get keys in plastic, brass or solid gold, with the prices ranging from $10 for the basic plastic key to $4,000 for the solid gold key.
When the customer gets locked out or needs an extra copy, they can either get a copy through Shapeways, by delivery, or through kiosks. Delivery is restricted to Manhattan and the kiosks are located in 7-11 or Bed Bath and Beyond stores across Manhattan.
You may be wondering how secure using KeyMe is. We’ve taken a look at their website and KeyMe takes security seriously. Here is some information about KeyMe’s security measures: KeyMe can copy home, office, padlock and mailbox keys and does not copy car keys or high-security, do-not-duplicate keys.
There is no information on the KeyMe database to link your key to your physical location, so there is no worry about hackers getting your key and finding your address. The scanning process is also designed to prevent “flyby” pictures so that no-one can scan your key from afar. The keys need to be scanned when taken off the key ring, placed on a white piece of paper, and scanned from four inches away, with scans of both sides of the key.
Storing copies of keys in the cloud may be useful, especially for those who are worried about losing their keys. Plus the fun designs go beyond the patterns typically available for keys.