About this project
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Everykey is an innovative universal access device for everything that requires a physical key or password. The Everykey wristband is an attractive Bluetooth enabled band that allows immediate access to a user’s password-protected electronics such as a smartphone, tablet, or computer, as well as physically locked items including doors, car doors, bike locks, and other controlled access devices.
When the Everykey wristband is within range of a user's device, the wristband will allow the user to bypass that device's password or physically unlock it automatically, eliminating the need for complicated passwords and cumbersome keys.
Everykey also manages a password keychain, which can be used to seamlessly log the user into their online accounts when they’re close to one of their devices. When the wristband goes out of range, the device automatically re-enables security mechanisms so it is safe and secure when out of trusted hands.
Everykey utilizes military grade encryption, allowing only you access to your personal property and accounts. Like a credit card, you can instantly disable your Everykey if it ever gets lost or stolen.
Welcome to the revolution of access control.
We designed Everykey from the ground up with fashion as our north star. We applied the same methods as a haute couture fashion brand, placing meticulous attention to detail with absolute precision, resulting in an elegant and sleek product without compromise in aesthetic or performance. Each beautiful color option has been carefully refined to reflect a unique personality. Our continued obsession with design and usability extends to every other aspect of the Everykey experience.
Our belief is that wearable electronics should be as fashionable as they are functional. That’s why we have our designers work closely with our engineers to create a seamless product experience. Fitting electronics inside such a small form factor is a challenge, and we’ve worked really hard to bring our electronics down to a compact size.
Protecting Your Passwords
The passwords to your devices are never stored on an Everykey server or on the wristband. The wristband broadcasts encrypted information to identify itself, which only your devices are able to decrypt. The passwords to your devices are stored on the devices themselves in an encrypted form within a keychain. This is similar to the way in which your phone stores its own password for verification against user password input. In order for Everykey to seamlessly enter your website passwords across multiple devices, your website passwords are stored on an Everykey secure server in an encrypted form. Only your devices and wristband know this key, so there’s no way for our company to decrypt your passwords. You can always choose which passwords Everykey stores and which it doesn’t.
Everykey utilizes AES 128-bit encryption, the same encryption that’s used by websites that require your credit card information in order to make purchases online. AES 128-bit encryption is a tried and true encryption method. Only your wristband and the devices it unlocks hold the encryption key. Our company doesn’t have access to that encryption key and therefore, we have no way of decrypting your passwords.
Lost Everykey Deactivation
If you lose your Everykey, you can call us or go online to deactivate it. After you’ve deactivated your wristband, a message is immediately sent to all of your devices letting them know that they should not unlock for your wristband. In the meantime, your devices will still unlock with your old keys and passwords.
Everykey broadcasts an encrypted Bluetooth 4.0 message at least once every second. Each time this message is broadcast, it’s changed, preventing a hacker from sniffing a message and re-broadcasting it. Because each message is encrypted, there’s no way to derive one message from the previous message, so each encrypted message that’s broadcast is non-deterministic and pseudorandom. Your devices will only unlock for the most recent message, so a hacker is unable to unlock your devices by re-broadcasting an old message. Only devices that you’ve set up with your Everykey will have the ability to interact with your Everykey, all other connections are rejected. A device still has to verify it’s legitimacy through an encrypted handshake in order to interact with your wristband.
Website password management is compatible with all iOS 8+ devices, a jailbroken version of iOS is required for Everykey to unlock the device itself. Windows 8.1+ computers with built in Bluetooth 4.0 are compatible with Everykey, a specific Bluetooth 4.0 USB dongle is required for computers running Windows 7 and Windows 8.0. All other operating systems and web browsers are compatible with Everykey on devices that are Bluetooth 4.0 enabled.
The following three technology demos are unedited and demonstrate our Bluetooth 4.0 circuit board that fits inside the Everykey wristband being used to unlock devices and log into websites. The circuit board is being powered by our custom bent lithium-polymer battery.
Everykey technology unlocks phone
Everykey technology unlocks computer
Everykey technology logs into website
Everykey was originally a school project in an entrepreneurship class at Case Western Reserve University in September, 2012. After receiving a rave response from our class and our professor, we started developing the product and founded Everykey LLC, a Cleveland, Ohio based company. The CWRU Blackstone LaunchPad and Burton D. Morgan Foundation JumpStart Mentoring Program have helped us grow from an idea into a business. In the summer of 2013, we received The GLIDE Innovation Fund A Grant to help build the technology that's showcased in the main product video as well as our tech demos.
Risks and challenges
PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT: We currently have electronics that fit inside the wristband form factor. The hardware and software we’ve developed are able to unlock Android phones, Windows computers, and Mac computers when the encrypted Bluetooth signal is received. We also have developed a Google Chrome browser extension for automatic website login and password generation on website registration. We have proof of concept methods of unlocking iOS as well as automatic website login for Mozilla Firefox and Safari. Soon after Kickstarter, we plan to enhance those proof of concepts into fully working apps and browser extensions so that Everykey will work with virtually every smartphone, tablet, and laptop on the market. Additionally, we plan to optimize the user experience on apps and browser extensions that we’ve already developed. Software development sometimes runs into delays when technical challenges present themselves. If severe software development delays occur, Everykey may ship without full operating system and web browser compatibility. If this happens, Everykey may require an over the air update at a later date in order to work with certain operating systems and web browsers. We plan to apply the same software development practices we’ve used in the past to mitigate this risk. Our team of engineers has already overcome the major technical challenges associated with our software development, and they have a good track record of overcoming challenges and solving problems effectively.
MANUFACTURING: We’ve met with several manufacturers who are capable of mass producing Everykey. We’ve toured their manufacturing facilities and asked tons of questions as part of our due diligence process. This is the first product our team is mass manufacturing, so we want to feel confident that we’re making the right choice when it comes to our manufacturing partner. Once we’ve selected a manufacturer, they will require order quantities, lead times, detailed technical drawings, material selection, etc. We have all of this prepared except for order quantity, which is determined by our level of success on Kickstarter. We’ve done everything we can to make product fabrication scalable in order to mitigate the inherent risk of mass manufacturing, and the manufacturers we’ve talked to have a proven track record of quality and on-time delivery.
QUALITY CONTROL: Once we’ve signed deals with manufacturers to mass produce Everykey, we will purchase production molds for each size of wristband and begin manufacturing with a small test batch of products. It’s our goal to deliver a high quality, professional product that’s free of things like surface imperfections, color mismatch, etc. For that reason, manufacturing has potential for delays as we perfect the quality of the wristband, making sure it looks good and stands the test of every day use. We plan to ship a product that follows our company’s core principal of perfection, and sometimes perfection takes longer to achieve.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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