Wireless Doorbell rings you in

Imagine a device that allows apartment dwellers, home owners, and small businesses to answer their door, communicate with visitors, and even open the door remotely with their GSM phones . Wireless startup Waleli would like to present: the wireless doorbell. In order for the device to ring your handset and allow you to open the door by entering a pincode, the GSM Doorbell consists of four parts: an intercom, an electronic lock, a GSM-enabled doorbell, and a SIM (subscriber identification module) for the GSM device. After testing the technology in its home Dutch market the company plans to sell its GSM Doorbell (pricing is currently unknown) internationally, beginning in northern Europe. The article mentions that you will not have to worry about locking yourself out of your home again because the machine will recognize your mobile's number and unlock the door for you (what if you leave your cell phone at home?).

Is this not yet another reason not to lose your cell phone? One: you can't get into your own house. Two: someone else potentially can.

News source: InfoWorld

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This idea already exists. My friends apartment calls his cell phone when I ring his number at the entry. He then presses a pin number and it unlocks the front door. It's quite handy to call him even when he's 2000 miles away at his parents place.

Sorry, but I have to say it -- a lot of you are stupid.

This system would work a lot like keyless entry for cars.

Sure, you CAN use the remote attached to the keyring, but then I'm sure alot of you would argue, "but what if the batteries go flat?"

Well, my friend, that's what the keylock is still on the car for.

Of course they're still going to have a keyhole, because believe it or not, when you come up with an invention such as this, you brainstorm -- you think that the developers never thought of the possibility of losing your phone? Please.

I am so going to patent the remote flush! Controllable via Bluetooth, Wifi, and an RF Remote control, with user-selectable flushing intensity. The GSM module will be sold separately, and if you want to use the flush-over-internet service (FOIP) there will be a low monthly fee of $39.99.

Don't forget if friends or family need to get in while you're away. Consider, for example, that your parents have arrived in town and showed up at your place early or unexpected, only to find that you're out shopping. You could call your doorbell and have it let them in. Also, for example, consider that you may need something from your place, but you're 20-minutes away and a friend is driving right by it. You could have the doorbell let him in to retrieve it.

There are quite a lot of cool uses for this. Most of you just aren't using your imagination. Besides, most cool inventions that we can't imagine living without once had people scratching their heads over what it's good for.

Exactly, unless my phone is directly integrated into my arm then that would be great, until then, I would stick with simple lock and key

What if you lose your key?

Less things to potentially lose the better.

But I wouldn't want this in my house. Doesn't seem as secure.

They haven't mentioned whether or not this technology allows the door it unlocks to be identified easily. If it can (even in a round about way - "Home" in contacts, access to billing details on phone, etc.) I'd much rather loose my key than my phone. At least with a Yale key it's not going to be in the interest of the person who finds it to try every Yale lock they come across until they find the door it opens.

AcidicMatter said,
Exactly, unless my phone is directly integrated into my arm then that would be great, until then, I would stick with simple lock and key :)

Even now though, with 'Bumpkeys' your simple lock and key is completely useless.