Re: The difference between something like this fob and the yale-type key that I use to open my door
M7S - 'as a relatively non-techie, I can be confident that there is no way that at any stage in the future the door lock is able to copy my key. No "footprint" is left'
Why would you be confident of that? How about a lock that accepts a Yale-type key and, instead of having pins split at different places to match up with the barrel, it electronically measures the key and the embedded processor compares that to the authorised key's measurements. From the outside, it could look identical to a Yale-type lock. This would be marketed to property-owners who need to change their locks frequently, e.g. for student accommodation: "Don't change the locks, issue a new key and update the lock electronically!"
Then, criminals get hold of these adaptable locks. One night, you come home and find your key doesn't work. When you leave to find a locksmith, the criminal approaches, removes the fake front door with adaptable lock that was covering your real front door and uses the duplicate key cut from the measurements taken by the adaptable lock and transmitted wirelessly to his key-cutter.