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Most startups try to solve some exotic, first world problem. There are apps that tell you what music to listen to while chopping an organic salad. Apps that let you send dirty pictures to people you’re dating. Apps that let you flex your vocab skills in front of complete strangers.
KeyMe is not that kind of startup. It solves a very mundane, but very real, problem: getting locked out of your apartment. KeyMe is a kiosk that acts as a digital, cloud-enabled locksmith. It can, of course, make copies. But it can also store a digital copy of your key, tying it to your unique ID. Should you ever get locked out of your place, you can go to a kiosk and access your account via fingerprint (because you probably left your wallet in your apartment, too) and KeyMe will print a key right then and there. No more late-night frantic search through some phone book for a locksmith.
KeyMe is available only in a few convenience stores in Manhattan for now, but if its a success expect a new locksmith in town soon.