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Speed-safe door locks

For safety and convenience
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Works kinda like a garage door opener, only for your front door (note: this may not be best suited for those who park in a garage).

When you pull into your driveway, you press the button on the dash-mounted transmitter (you can keep it in your pocket like a key-fob for better security if you prefer) and your front door unlocks (silently, if well-oiled). But it doesn't just unlock, the knob is automatically rotated and held open, saving you the hassle of trying to turn the knob to open the door with an arm-full of groceries, children, etc.

A pressure-sensor in the kick-plate on the bottom edge of the door lets you lock the door simply by pushing the door closed with your foot.

This is also good for rough neighborhoods where it's not uncommon for burglars or rapists to wait in the bushes and attack a home-owner as they try to unlock/open the door.

21 Quest, Jan 22 2007

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       I *was* going to say, "What if someone steals your keychain while you're gettin out of the car?" and then realized that they could probably figure out how to manipulate keys in locks anyway.
  

       I would prefer, though, a locking mechanism that isn't based on kicking the door, because rubber stains on wood can be murder to get out. Perhaps a metal handplate on the wall instead?
shapu, Jan 22 2007
  

       I think there was going to be a metal kick plate on the door
dev45, Jan 22 2007
  

       You got it, dev.
21 Quest, Jan 22 2007
  

       Definitely half-baked. There are plenty of door openers for disabled persons that use keypads, pressure pads, or remotes. There are also plenty of RFID door locks out there. Just combine the two and you have it.
MoreCowbell, Jan 22 2007
  

       Why does it have to turn the knob to open the door? Wouldn't an electric strikeplate in the door frame do the same function, as in allow the door to be pushed open?
  

       Either way, (+)
wolstech, Jan 23 2007
  

       Certainly baked.. Ever see that TV show "Silver Spoons" from the 80's where they would press this remote control to open the door every time someone rang the doorbell?
Jscotty, Jan 24 2007
  

       Actually, no, I never saw that.
21 Quest, Jan 24 2007
  

       [MoreCow] is right. Baked all over the place in the disabled community. It's just expensive.
nomocrow, Jan 24 2007
  

       I've never seen or heard of a kick-plate lock before. I've seen doors that swing open all the way at the press of a button (which is usually located just outside the door's arc) but this still requires that you push the door to get it open, so a burglar doesn't see a wide-open door and run inside before you get there. The point is to make it discreet.
21 Quest, Jan 24 2007
  
      
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