Have you ever come home super late at night to your (non-doorman) NYC apartment and realized that somewhere along the way you seem to have misplaced your keys? And your realize that you never got around to making a copy to give to your super, or your neighbor, and even if you had, well… maybe they’re away, or just don’t want to deal with you at 3:30 in the morning? And so the only option you have, the only way you’re getting inside your home with its nice, comfortable bed, is to call one of those 24-hour locksmiths and rack up a small fortune–it’s a least $150–on your credit card? Well, I have. And it’s the worst.
Enter KeyMe, an ingenious start-up that provides self-service kiosks at convenient locations (the more the better, obviously) which can cut and spit out a copy of your key anytime, day or night, for only $19.99. Of course, you would have had to set up an KeyMe account prior to using the service, but that’s easy–just scan your key at any kiosk, and it uploads the data to the cloud. It’s also free! KeyMe doesn’t store your address; it has no clue where you live. Your fingerprint is your login (which is totally sexily futuristic), so it’s not like you have a membership card that could fall into the wrong hands. And the maximum you ever spend is twenty bucks… and that’s only IF you need to use it.
Sign me up, right? As of now there’s a KeyMe kiosk located in five 7-Elevens around Manhattan–on York Avenue and 84th, on Bowery right above Houston, on Fifth near Madison Square Park, on Amsterdam and 93rd, and on 8th and 28th in Chelsea–but the company’s looking to expand as fast as it can. And, really, I can’t imagine this not catching on immediately. If you live in a Manhattan apartment near a KeyMe kiosk, given the incredible amount of time, irritation, and money it could it save you, it seems like there’s no way you don’t sign up as soon possible. For more information about it all, see the KeyMe site.