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monkey can make your existing intercom smart

monkey takes smart lock technology to the next level by eliminating the physicality of a key.

Keys exist to grant secure access to specific doors, but let’s face it, they’re rather easy to lose or leave behind. Think about it, how many times have you been locked out of your home simply due to forgetfulness? Not to mention, how often do you approach the door only to find that you don’t have a free hand to fumble around your pocket? Wouldn’t it be more convenient if there was a keyless yet secure solution to enter our buildings? This is exactly what Munich-based startup LOCUMI LABS set out to solve with monkey

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Although smart locks seem to be ubiquitous these days, the same can’t be said for those living in either an apartment complex or in a gated home. This is where monkey comes in. Hands-free, remote-controlled access won’t only take away the hassle of misplaced keys, but will help avoid the headaches that come with unattended package deliveries — in other words, say goodbye to redelivery slips stuck to your door!

Its founders, Christoph Baumeister and Daniel Jahn, both studied at the renowned Technical University of Munich (Technische Universität München) and envisioned launching a company that could improve the world. With monkey, they have introduced the first upgraded smart control for your intercom that enables you to remotely control any door from your smartphone without having to modify anything. Just place the small, Wi-Fi and Atmel powered chip into the apartment’s intercom and presto! monkey will offer you, your family and friends, and service providers easy access into your building without ever needing a physical key.

Unattended access

With monkey, you can unlock your main entrance or gate in one of three ways. First, the chip can detect the GPS location of your smartphone and open the door as you approach. This is great for when you’re carrying a lot of things and don’t have a free hand to dig for keys. Secondly, entry can be simplified through an accompanying mobile app, which allows you ask monkey to open the door from wherever you are, or by pressing the button in the app and activating the buzzer instantly. For instance, if you have friends coming over, you can now grant them access without having to be there in person or handing over a set of keys. Lastly, you can set up time-windows during which monkey can open the door automatically for you. whenever the expected individual rings the bell. This removes the burden of package deliveries or handyman calls when you’re not at available during the day. It can even be a suitable option for renters or Airbnb hosts.


monkey’s patent-pending solution can impressively be installed in less than three minutes, and doesn’t require the help of an electrician nor the approval of a landlord. The 50mm x 16mm chip can self-adhere inside pretty much any intercom, and pairs it with your smartphone via your home’s Wi-Fi. From there, you can receive alerts whenever the door rings as well as activate the buzzer from the monkey app. And because it integrates into your intercom’s power supply, you’ll never need to charge or replace batteries. What’s more, the compact unit also protects your residence from unauthorized persons with its SSL encryption technology.

Are you ready to go keyless? If so, head over monkey’s Kickstarter page, where the LOCUMI LABS crew has surpassed its $56,860 goal. Delivery is expected to get underway in June 2016.

25 smart crowdfunding campaigns you may want to back this week

Every Friday, we’re taking a look at some of the smartest, most innovative projects that caught our attention on Kickstarter and Indiegogo over the last seven days. 



This modular smartwatch lets you piece together various links on its strap, each with their own function. BLOCKS has accrued well over its initial Kickstarter goal of $250,000.



This series of high-res, upgradable 3D printers provide Makers with a touchscreen user interface, remote monitoring and print job management via Wi-Fi and Ethernet. Raise3D has already well surpassed its goal of $50,000 on Kickstarter.



This lineup of embedded sportswear stimulates each of your major muscle groups to help you achieve your fitness goals faster than ever. Antelope Club has blown right past its $50,000 goal on Indiegogo.



This DIY kits empowers Makers to assemble, configure and control their own robot. KEYi Technology is currently seeking $75,000 on Kickstarter.

Glassy Zone


This wearable device tracks your surfing activity as well as your exposure to UV rays. Glassy Pro is currently seeking $35,000 on Indiegogo.



This beautifully-crafted camera system empowers drivers to easily capture, edit and share interesting moments right from the road. Waylens has already quadrupled its goal of $55,000 on Kickstarter.

Shammane Smartwatch


This elegant wearable packs all of the technology and connectivity you’d expect from a smartwatch, without sacrificing style. Shammane is currently $55,000 on Indiegogo.



This upgrade for your existing intercom allows you to enjoy all the benefits of a smart lock without having to change a single thing at your door. LOCUMI LABS just hit its goal of $56,860 on Kickstarter.



This innovative, cloud-linked computer will make it so that you never again have to worry about your hard drive, backing up files or installing software. Solu Machines is currently seeking $227,812 on Kickstarter.



This set of wireless earbuds features a battery-boosting smartphone case for charging and storage. Alpha Audiotronics is currently seeking $200,000 on Kickstarter.



This reliable, high-speed desktop 3D printer spits out objects six times faster than other consumer machines. Readybox has successfully attained its $12,000 goal on Kickstarter.



This countertop-sized biolab enables you to grow living cells and to create new and interesting things, such as fragrances, flavours, materials and medicine. Amino Labs is currently seeking $12,500 on Indiegogo.

Felfil Evo


This open source 3D printer extruder lets you produce your own filament ranging in color, diameter and material. Collettivo Cocomeri is currently seeking $34,172 on Kickstarter.



This connected unit backs up the content from all your devices, either automatically or upon request. Novathings is currently seeking $79,605 on Kickstarter.



This small, lightweight and ready-to-fly APRS tracker will diminish the headaches and costs associated with high-altitude ballooning. Mike Bales is currently seeking $22,000 on Kickstarter.



This smart, customizable and extremely fun doorbell allows you to select from various modes, and to monitor the doorstep right from your smartphone. meeba is currently seeking $40,000 on Indiegogo.



This pair of earbuds lets you to enjoy high-quality sound, all while accessing your smartphone with simple voice commands and slight head movements. LBTECH is currently seeking $250,000 on Kickstarter.



This body scanner can quickly and accurately take your measurements to ensure you always get perfectly-fitting clothes when shopping online. Tom Brooks and Pietro Veragouth are currently seeking $30,000 on Kickstarter.



This unobtrusive system analyzes electricity usage and sensor data to learn an elderly person’s daily routine and notify family members know if things don’t seem right. Howz is currently seeking $91,981 on Kickstarter.



This medical-grade lens attaches to any smartphone camera, enabling you to take crystal-clear images of the moles on your skin. First Derm is currently seeking $25,000 on Indiegogo.



This Arduino-compatible, USB MIDI controller bridges the gap between hardware and software to offer you a complete synthesizer experience. Soudforce Controllers is currently seeking $17,036 on Kickstarter.



This 15-centimeter interactive binary ruler not only lets you draw straight lines, but boasts seven logic gates, four flip flops and a four-bit binary counter. Bradley Slattery is currently seeking $2,935 on Kickstarter.

Tinker Tie


This hackable, Arduino-compatible LED bow-tie can last over 20 hours on a single charge. Atom Computer is currently seeking $1,000 on Kickstarter.



This nifty little gadget converts your body heat into everlasting light, without any external energy source. Rost is currently seeking $5,000 on Kickstarter.

Did you happen to miss last week’s notable campaigns? If so, you can check them out here.