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You can leave your keys at home with this clever hack by Billy Chasen, who rigged up his deadbolt to a Propeller-based Spinneret Web Server. Using an SMS gateway called Twilio, he can open and close the lock by tapping out a quick text message. Not only that, but the system also responds to acknowledge his request. For security, there’s a whitelist of permitted senders.

It’s an awesome project, but I hope for Billy’s sake that his deadbolt doesn’t go rogue and start texting up all his deadbolt friends. “R U unlocked right now?”
[via BuzzFeed]

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Matt Richardson

Matt Richardson

Matt Richardson is a San Francisco-based creative technologist, Contributing Editor at MAKE. He’s the co-author of Getting Started with Raspberry Pi and the author of Getting Started with BeagleBone.


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