A look at Kwikset's Kevo electronic door lock

Arriving this summer, Kwikset's Kevo lock electronically opens and closes your front door's deadbolt.
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Your house key is you

With an app on your smartphone and a bare finger on the lock, you touch the metal housing to start the process. Don't worry, traditional mechanical keys still work, too.
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You're in!

LED lights flash green when you're in.
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Boarded up

A yellow ring means the deadbolt's engaged.
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The app controlling it all

A smartphone app in your pocket manages permissions and can monitor who's coming and going.
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Phone control

You'll need to have the phone within about four feet of the door for the touch system to work, much like keyless car entry when you've got a fob in your pocket.
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The key to Kevo? Blueooth

Bluetooth pairing is the technology behind the Kevo product. You'll remove the plastic back plate to pair your first, and master, phone. After that, the owner can designate varying degrees of administrative control. A spouse might have all the admin's rights, for instance, while kids are basic users without the right to prank parents or siblings by deleting their key permissions.
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How tricky is installation?

Kevo uses a total of six screws to keep the unit in place, compared with four for the average Kwikset deadbolt. Installation should take only a few minutes.
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