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Askey helps you remember if you locked the door

While a number of of sophisticated smart locks that one can control from around the world have made their debut, many folks just want a little help remembering whether they locked the door.

patent-claimedAskey is a device that easily attaches to a key and tracks when the key has been used via a motion sensor that accurately registers the key’s movement. The accessory is activated and starts to record the key’s movement when the user moves the key from its resting position. It comes in a choice of five colors and works in conjunction with a mobile device app, available now for Android only, but a port for iOS is coming also.

Askey uses Bluetooth 4.0 LE and ships in March at future pricing of about $60. But Kickstarter backers can get one at the early bird price of about $36. Its makers hope to raise $51,493 by May 30.

Very similar to Kphob, Askey has a few features that sets it apart. These include a “find keys” feature on the app that sends a visual alert to help users find their keys and a “together” function allowing users to connect to their family members’ keys and check when and if they locked their doors also. The app keeps all logs on an encrypted server.

Potential negatives include limited compatibility. Askey promises “full compatibility” only on iPhone 4s+ and Android 4.4+ smartphones. Keys also need to have a hole diameter of 5 mm or more to attach to Askey, although that shouldn’t be a problem with most keys.

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