While CES 2009 is all but over, we're undoubtedly placed in a position to scrutinize whether the gadget makers there actually brought something more useful than a set of flatter LCD monitors and a bunch of netbooks. Surprisingly, it seems Black & Decker announced one of the more applicable new devices this year on the home security front - specifically a new line of automated door locks under their Kwikset and Bladwin brands. Heck, the SmartKey looks so much like your car keys that you might even start to confuse the two...
So you've probably guessed how it works. From your SmartKey, you'll be able to lock and unlock remotely. However, as an added plus, you'll also be able to access the system via the web to check and see if your door is really locked from anywhere with Internet access. Yes, that means no more, "Honey, did you lock the front door?" moments.
As far as pricing goes, there weren't any announcements at the show, but they did state the release of some finalized products should come by summer of this year. Just a few more months and we'll all be clicking our doors shut without having to lift a single foot.