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Locked out? Startup uses iPhone to make duplicate keys Source: USA TODAY       Release Date: 2013-08-21

NEW YORK — The key to Greg Marsh's success is, well, um…keys. Marsh is the CEO of KeyMe a New York startup that lets you store an apparently secure, scanned digital copy of your keys in the cloud, to help bail you out should you get locked out of your house. After all, the friendly neighbor who has a spare key to your place is nowhere to be found.

With KeyMe you can present the scanned pictures to a locksmith and have him or her make a duplicate physical key. As part of the process you capture images of the front and back of each key within the app, which. KeyMe says will work with about 75% of the home or office keys that are out there.

Assuming it works with your keys, you won't have to break into your old lock when you're locked out, potentially saving you lots of money. KeyMe doesn't charge you for the iOS app or for storing pictures of keys online. (Android is in the company's future plans.) You only pay when you need the service, $9.99 per key to pull down and display the special instructions on your phone that will help the locksmith make your specific replacement keys.

Lest you worry about security, KeyMe says it doesn't link your keys with a specific location or lock. As it says on the app, "We don't know where you live and we don't want to know."