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By Beth Bacheldor

Everykey Begins Kickstarter Campaign for Its Bluetooth Wristband

Everykey, which is developing a Bluetooth Smart wristband capable of unlocking doors, smartphones, tablets and laptops, as well as serving as a password-management tool for website logins, has officially kicked off a month-long Kickstarter campaign to fund production. Soon after the Kickstarter campaign closes on Nov. 29, the company plans to release a software development kit (SDK) for integrating Everykey with electronic locks. "Although we haven't yet announced any official partners in this area, we do have interest," says Christopher Wentz, Everykey's CEO.

Everykey wristband
Available in a variety of colors, Everykey serves as a universal access device for any electronic device requiring a physical key or password. When it is within range—up to 3 meters (9.8 feet)—of such a device, the wristband will allow a user to bypass that device's password or physically unlock it automatically, thus eliminating the need for passwords and keys, according to Everykey. It is also designed to store a password keychain, which can be used to log the user into his or her online accounts when the keychain is close to one of the devices. If the wristband moves out of range, the company notes, the device automatically re-enables security mechanisms so that it is safe and secure when out of trusted hands.

Everykey utilizes military-grade encryption, allowing only access to a user's personal property and accounts, Wentz says. Like a credit card, he adds, the Everykey can be instantly disabled if lost or stolen.

The Kickstarter campaign will fund the first run of production. Current funding levels are $50 (one Everykey wristband in any available color), $90 (two Everykey wristbands in any available colors), $160 (four Everykey wristbands in any available color), $200 (one Everykey developer circuit board and early access to the Everykey SDK), $350 (10 Everykey wristbands in any available colors), and $500 (enabling a participant to visit the Everykey office in Cleveland, Ohio, meet the team, sit down with the chief designer and create an Everykey wristband in a custom color combination of the user's choice). The Everykey is expected to retail at a cost of $100 per wristband.

The Everykey is water-resistant and has a flexible silicon exterior with a lightweight flexible metal skeleton for shape retention. It supports Mac OS, Windows, Android and iOS (for which it requires Jailbreak) and is compatible with the Google Chrome, Firefox and Safari Web browsers. It has a lithium-polymer battery rechargeable via a micro USB to USB cable that can be used with a computer or a power adaptor. The battery provides up to 30 days of life.

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