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App Wrap: "KeyMe," "Drync"

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NY1 highlights the coolest and newest apps for your cellphone or mobile device in the twice-weekly segment "App Wrap." NY1's Adam Balkin filed the following report.


Your phone may be the key to unlocking your door the next time you lose your actual key. KeyMe is a mobile app that has you take a picture of your key, front and back, and then that image -- and more importantly its exact dimensions, the exact dimensions of each cut of the teeth -- are stored in the KeyMe service's cloud servers. Why would you want that? Well, if you do get locked out you can instantly retrieve that image and its specs and either instantly have a new key made via a KeyMe kiosk or any hardware store that makes keys can simply take the information from your phone and make a duplicate without having the original. You could also email the info to, say, a friend who's coming in from out of town and staying with you so that they can have a key made before even arriving. KeyMe is an iPhone app that's free. However, it will cost you $9.99 to access your key schematics from the cloud in order to get a new one made immediately. Or if you can wait a bit you can order a key right through the app for around $5. Incidentally, KeyMe insists right up front it completely protects your key images so that no one but you can see them or make a duplicate.


Drync is a related concept only for wine enthusiasts. Say you're out at a restaurant or a friend's house, you uncork a bottle that ends up being an instant favorite. Well, rather than just snap a picture of the label so that you can hunt it down later, the app has you take a shot, it then recognizes the bottle and instantly offers up a price if you'd like to order a few bottles to be delivered to you door. There are also descriptions of the wines in there, plus you can rate wines and place them in your virtual wine cellar. Right now Drync is an iOS only app for free. ClientIP:, UserAgent: CCBot/2.0 ( Profile: TWCSAMLSP