Key fob mod

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  1. qlafferty

    qlafferty New Member

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    I searched around and didn't find anything here on this topic.

    I am so addicted to using the key fob and having my Prius automatically unlock when I touch the door handle without having to take out my keys. I have had my car for a couple of years and I still get excited about how well that works.

    As a long distance runner training for a marathon I frequently take the key fob off of my key ring (by separating it from the metal key portion of the fob) and tuck it into a pouch or put it in my pocket while running. I have started to think that it would be cool to take apart my spare key fob and see if I can embed/attach the smallest possible portion of the key fob into my running shoes somehow. As a matter of fact, I wish that all of my shoes had a little Prius pod in them like the Nike+ thing so that I could just leave my house key in my car and never even worry about taking my keys with me. Everytime I put on my shoes I would have my Prius key!

    Does anyone know if this is something that someone else is already working on? I saw that Toyota is making an iPhone app. I would love it if my iPhone worked as a key fob too via bluetooth or something.
     
  2. a_gray_prius

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    Will the sensor pick up the presence of the key near the ground (I'm asking because I seriously don't know)?
     
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    Yes it does. I have put the fob in my sock or attached it to my shoe on several occasions and it works perfectly.
     
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    I was also thinking it would be cool if Toyota made a key fob watch for runners. I know it will never happen, but it would be perfect if they did.
     
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    Cool idea! :)
     
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    I think the continuous pounding from running and wallking would quickly do in the fob electronics, not to mention accidentally stepping in a puddle. I too have thought about a wearable fob, but more like a belt accessory.


     
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    There have been previous discussions of using embedded RFID like the microchips used on dogs for identification, but that would require the installation of a whole new system that would detect the RFID and react like a fob. There has also been a previous discussion on a wrist watch for some models of Toyota/Lexus that could be programmed as a fob to the car. Not sure if it is compatible with the Prius.

    http://priuschat.com/forums/gen-iii-2010-prius-main-forum/64648-prius-wristwatch.html
     
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    I took apart my key fob from my 2017 Prius, and sandwiched it between 2 gift cards which I cut to size. It's still a work in progress.
     
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    did i read that aplle watch will have this capability?
     
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    so yesterday Apple released its newest iOS which includes Car keys being added to the wallet but it’s a brand new feature and I don’t think it works with Toyota car fob tech after a little research bmw is the first manufacturer using this tech in its 2020 models
     
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