UC San Diego computer scientists have created an amazing program that can make copies of keys using only an image of the key as the master. They’ve tested this method using a low quality mobile phone camera and also by using a five inch telephoto lens to capture a key image from 200 feet away – and they both worked.  Advances in computer vision have made it possible for the program to easily read the individual key cuts from a wide variety of angles and distances.

Stefan Savage, a computer science professor who ran the student project explains:

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