KeyiCam to use Open webOS for automated key duplication kiosks
We already know that Gram's working with LG on an Open webOS-powered television, but as they've been indicating for a while now, they could see the open source successor to webOS getting put to use in a wide variety of applications. While we tend to think of webOS as the interface, there's a lot of behind-the-scenes stuff in Open webOS that's useful to developers. One such developer is KeyiCam (Key-I-Cam), a company that's aiming to make it easier to quickly produce duplicate keys.
KeyiCam's as-of-yet-unlaunched service is a two part system. The first is a mobile app, which we expect will probably produced for leading mobile platforms like Android and iOS (no surprises there). The second is the kiosk. The app lets the user take a picture of their key and send it to the cloud, and to the KeyiCam station where the image is processed to determine the bitting code of the key and machine a duplicate. And if you happen to need a spare or replacement in the future, KeyiCam plans to store your key image so you can create a duplicate in a pinch, so long as you can get to a KeyiCam kiosk. It's not as far-fetched of an idea as you might think.
Where Open webOS comes into this serving as the basis for the kiosk software. The kiosk is being built off of the Devkit8000 board, a compact board of a computer with a 600MHz TI's OMAP3530 Cortex-A8 processor at the core. The Devkit8000 already runs Windows CE, Linux, and Android and has seen its fair share of tinkering from the developer community. Since Open webOS uses the Linux Standard Kernel 3.3, it too can run on the Devkit8000, and run it shall as the basis of the KeyiCam kiosk. Don't expect the standard webOS interface, however - multitasking cards won't have much reason to be in a single-purpose application like KeyiCam's. KeyiCam's told us that the key-cutting application itself will be Qt-based.
KeyiCam plans to deploy thousands of their kiosks across the United States. In addition to the kiosk, KeyiCam's developing a mobile key cutter for locksmiths. The system will work in the same manner as with the stationary kiosks with the customer uploading photos of their keys, but instead of the stationary machine the cutting order is dispatched to an equipped mobile locksmith who, at least as the plan is envisioned, will cut the key and deliver it to the waiting customer. As somebody who's panicked more than a few times about having possibly locked himself out of his house and left his keys - all of them - inside, this part of the service could be a surprising hit, so long as customers are aware it exists. Chances are, though, they won't realize that it's Open webOS that's enabled this kind of magic happen.