I like to hop on my bike and do some nutty rides when I can. However, when you reach your destination you’ll soon find that your expensive bike can become the target for thieves.
A company called Noke have already had experience of creating smart-locks – those clever padlocks and locks that can be locked and unlocked from your phone via Bluetooth. Now they’ve got even more – a new U-Lock for bikes (pictured and available for pre-order for $109.99) and a new Industrial Grade Padlock.
Yes, I know what you’re thinking. “What if I lose my phone?” Well don’t worry you handsome and intelligent Coolsmartphone reader. They have a “quick-click feature” as a back-up. When you first get your Noke you set up a “unique combination of short and long clicks on the shackle”. So if you don’t have your Bluetooth connection, just tug away at your lock and ensure you yank it to the pre-defined pattern to release.
Inside, the lock is powered by a battery which should last for “over a year” with normal use. The app will also let you manage multiple locks and shows the history of unlocking.
The system uses low-power Bluetooth which automatically connects and unlocks the Noke lock, so you don’t even need to remove the phone from your pocket.
Further details below, or head to Noke.com
NOKE ANNOUNCES U-LOCK AND INDUSTRIAL-GRADE PADLOCK AS NEXT TWO MEMBERS OF SMART-LOCK FAMILY
CES/London, January 06, 2016 – Noke, leading maker of portable smart locks, announced its Noke U-Lock and Noke Industrial Grade Padlock will be making their debut today at CES 2016. Both locks received a CES 2016 Innovation Award, following in the footsteps of Noke’s first smart lock, the Noke Padlock, awarded at CES 2015. All members of the Noke smart lock family will be presented at Noke’s booth, #6324 in the North Hall LVCC.
The Noke U-Lock is a Bluetooth enabled smart bike lock that eliminates the hassle of keys and combinations by working in conjunction with the Noke app, downloaded onto the user’s smartphone or watch. The Noke Industrial Grade Padlock is made from hardened steel to provide the highest level of security. Both locks open via the Noke app, which allows users to share access to the locks with guests, and even view the lock’s history to know when, where and by whom the lock was used. The Noke Industrial Grade Padlock also gives enterprise-level control to businesses, allowing them to manage and deploy Noke locks in a wide variety of mission-critical applications.
“We’re really excited about the release of our next two products,” said Cameron Gibbs, Co-Founder and COO of Noke. “We have a feeling bikers and businesses are going to love having the smart capabilities that Noke locks have to offer.”
Both the U-Lock and Industrial Grade Padlock are available for pre-order on Noke.com and are scheduled to begin shipping this spring.