If only we could have something to unlock the bike the moment we approach it… If unlocking your bike without getting your hands dirty was the only problem you couldn’t solve, the great news is that now we have a Bluetooth bike lock that connects to your smartphone and frees your two – wheeler in a blink of an eye.
You can be enthusiastic about it, as the world embraces yet another “smart” device to ease our everyday life, or you can be a cynic about it and ask yourself what is the point of this invention. Let’s face it, if you want to build awesome gadgets, let’s do something in the medical or science field, right? Why waste time with a Bluetooth bike lock?
Well, for some people, the possibility of living in a full – connected world is just amazing. And the Skylock is not half bad, either. Let’s see a few of its features and the potential it sports. According to the specialists reviewing it,
The lock powers itself up with a built-in solar cell, for example, mustering roughly a week of runtime for every hour of direct sunlight. It also includes a four-button capacitive pad, so you’ll be able to free your ride even if your smartphone’s out of battery. The keyless entry magic is only one of the features the company’s touting. Other smart lock functionality includes a theft alert system that pings you when your bike’s being jostled and crash detection which watches for accidents with the help of a built-in accelerometer. In the event of a wreck, Skylock will summon a push notification on your phone; if you don’t dismiss it after a few seconds, the app will call emergency responders to the scene.
The creators of Skylock, two engineers with impressive portfolios and ambitions, see the Bluetooth bike lock as more than a convenient gadget dedicated to tech – obsessed bikers. They see the Skylock as the building block for a future platform for bike – sharing. You can give your bike to a family member or a friend to ride it in complete safety, but their vision is even bigger than this. At some point, a city administration might provide the sporty citizens with a fleet of bicycles. Riders could take the bike, walk around, leave it somewhere else for the next rider to use and so on in a more decentralized manner than we have today.
Apparently, the two creators have big plans in bike sharing, but for now, they are delivering only a product. The Bluetooth bike lock is available for $250 and if you want to give it a try, you can even preorder it, at a lower price, of course.