Skylock: Solar Powered Bicycle Lock

Aushiker

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Skylock works with a custom app on iOS and Android mobile devices, via Bluetooth and Wi-Fi. That app lets users disengage the lock by pressing an on-screen button, so no physical key is necessary. They can also grant access to friends who wish to borrow their bike, allowing their app-running smartphones to also unlock the Skylock. A map on the app shows those people where the bike is currently parked...

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The Skylock also features an integrated accelerometer, which allows it to do two things.

First, it detects when severe crash-like impacts have occurred. When this happens, the app asks the user if they're all right. If they don't respond within a set amount of time, it then automatically contacts emergency responders to let them know that an accident may have occurred at the user's present location.

Secondly, it detects extended movement of the Skylock while it's being used to secure the bike – the kind of movement that might be caused by would-be bike thieves. In this case, it contacts the user, letting them know what's up.


Source: Gizmag

Andrew
 

Court

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It's so cool to see computer technology, GPS and telephony in products like this. The idea that this smart lock could actually save your life in the event of a crash or notify you when it's being tampered with is great. Just don't lose your smart phone or you could get locked out! I wonder if there's another way to unlock it if that happens?
 

Court

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I think there is a manual override available.

Andrew
That makes sense... These are smart guys and the design is pretty cool! I guess every lock has the ultimate manual override if you just cut it off ;)
 

Aushiker

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That makes sense... These are smart guys and the design is pretty cool! I guess every lock has the ultimate manual override if you just cut it off ;)

:) It has what they call "captive touch". You just key what sounds like a pin number if you don't have your phone with you or its flat. It also has the ability to detect your approach and unlock which I think is pretty cool.

Andrew
 

Court

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Oh, that makes sense... so there's also a manual keypad override thing for if your phone has run out or been lost. Great idea.