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This solar-powered bike lock opens using only your phone

By Adam Zeis on 15 May 2014 01:17 pm

Bike locks are a dime a dozen. Most of them perform one task — keeping your bike secure. It's not hard to do, but in the connected world in which we live, people expect more from all of their devices. Skylock is a new Bluetooth-enabled lock that looks to do just that.

Skylock is a U-shaped bike lock that has no key. It uses your phone over Bluetooth and unlocks automatically when you are near the lock. It has a keypad as well for backup just in case you're separated from your phone.

The fun doesn't stop there though. Want to let your friends borrow your bike? Just give their phone access to your lock. Skylock also has an accelerometer and will alert you if your bike is moved, or your loved ones should you be involved in a crash while riding. Perhaps the best feature of all however is that Skylock is solar-powered — so no need to charge it up or change out batteries. Providing it catches some rays it will stay powered up and ready to go.

Skylock will retail for $249 and have a companion app for both iOS and Android. Those who get in early and back Skylock can do so for a discounted price of $159.

Source: The Verge

Reader comments

This solar-powered bike lock opens using only your phone


So now bike thieves on campus can hack your bike lock as well. heh. I like a lot of the connected tech, but not sure this is ready for prime time yet.

No at $250 Bike thieves will be hacking your lock and be damned with the bike they'll just be happy with the lock as it's easier to conceal!

if all the security bugs were worked out, i would love to see a larger version for motorcycles. i live in an urban area and would be nice to have this for my bike

It's a little bit problematic that more and more things are depending on our phones and battery life has not improved just yet...

I don't see a market for this one. Owk, maybe you can call it innovative, but that's all.
malfunctioning of the controller, or even people with bad ideas like put a piece of tape on the solar cells (so the battery will get empty), flat phone battery/ stolen phone and you're bike will go nowhere.

Nothing above a good old lock with a key for me!

And if your phone runs out of batteries? Will there be a backup fob? Good idea, but for many reasons, I think this needs to be better thought out.

There should be a bypass imo. What if the device shuts down because of an error? You're stuck.

I really like the option to send a friend the code. Gonna be useful.

Good link below to FAQ. I live in the country and have no need for this but I do like the idea. My house door is a keypad and fab, I'd love for it to be solar powered and bluetooth enabled. I think if it works perfectly it should be retailed at the sale price. When you get above $200 it just seems pricey. I'm interested to hear how it markets and the feedback.

Because carrying a small round key is too hard. You're going to have to bend over and physically remote the lock, so how hard is it to use an actual key?

Just because a thing can be done, does not mean it should be done.

The same has been said of keypad and fob-controlled home knobsets, but there's a market for them, and they're gaining in popularity.

Sometimes, you may just want something for the "cool factor". So as far as I'm concerned, let it ride! The market will either carry it, or it won't. Either way, those who want such a thing, can get it. Win, win.

I like the thought - and it's just another example of innovators thinking of the various mechanical devices in our live that we ought to revamp and connect to our digital devices. I would like to see this work with NFC, rather than Bluetooth, but of course that would leave out a huge chunk of smartphone users. Either way, still a cool concept.

Perhaps it is actually easier to use, but a simple key does the job and doesn't need to be charged. They say it's industrial strength but talk about the lock rather than the (what do you call it) loop part - can industrial strength cable cutters cut that part - at that price I'd hope so.

Geeze some people just dont read the article...

Anyway, I like the idea. I like the idea of things being connected and this one is different. Pricey, sure, but I like it.

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Great idea, but my bike isn't even worth $5. If they could get the price down to around $20, then maybe I would think about buying it.