World’s first solar-powered lock for your bike
Developed by a team of San Francisco-based engineers, Skylock, world’s first solar-powered connected bike lock, can keep you and your bike safe and secure.
An app downloaded on the user’s iPhone or Android device is the connection between him and his Skylock-equipped bike. Yes, it controls the lock remotely, but it does much more than that. If someone is trying to cut the lock — a difficult and time-consuming process — the lock’s triaxial accelerometer will have notified you that your bike is being tampered with before the thief can take off.
According to the developers, “Any lock can be cut with enough time and the right tools. Since Skylock requires two cuts to break, this means you have twice the amount of time to respond to a theft alert.” Sure, it can send a false alarm if someone accidentally bumps your bike but at least you can go check to see what’s going on.
The Skylock can also be programmed so that if you are in an accident or get hit by a car it sends an automatic alert to a person or persons of your choice. The system only works if both phone and Skylock get a shock, so nothing will happen if you drop one or the other, Eco Watch writes.
What happens if both are in your backpack and you drop it? “The system will ask you if you are ok and take action if you don’t reply, so if you activate this feature, keep this in mind and don’t slam your backpack,” they advise. That’s probably good advice in general.
The Skylock isn’t just convenient and protective, it’s also eco-friendly. With its low-power design and solar-recharged battery, it needs little charging to provide power for up to months at a time. Although Skylock’s developers say you’re unlikely to run out of battery power (or your phone runs out) and find yourself locked out of your bike, they’ve got you covered.
“If you are ever running low, just plug in the USB charger and Skylock will be ready to guard you and your bike again,” they say. “Skylock also has a built-in capacitive panel. Just type in a key code combination to unlock Skylock if your phone ever runs out of battery. Never worry about getting your bike stuck outside.”
With Skylock, you can even share your bike with trusted friends. You can alert them to the bike’s location and send them access to it via phone.
Cycling enthusiasts were excited enough by the Skylock that it blew through its first Indiegogo fundraising goal in a single day and raised double its set goal in the second.
Naturally, Skylock doesn’t come cheap, but we know some serious cyclists that measure their dedication by how much money they are able to spend. Skylock can help them. While regular bike locks may run you anywhere from $10-$100, Skylock will retail for $250 but the company is taking preorders at $159. The lock should be in your hands before the summer cycling season is too far along.
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