Velasso has set out to make bicycle security easier, by making the
unlocking process automatic. As soon as users get within Bluetooth range
of their parked bike, its built-in locking mechanism will automatically
The keyless Bluetooth bike locks are now coming thick and fast ... relatively speaking. In just the past couple of years, we've heard about the Skylock
and Noke U-lock
. Now, the Kadalock has appeared on our radar. It differs from the others in that it's a cable lock, and it mounts on the user's existing water bottle cage.
The kSafe is a smart safe designed to turn temptation into motivation by locking items away until the user has earned them through either hitting an activity goal, spending time at a specific location such as a library, or simply waiting until a pre-determined time for the lid to unlock. The device is currently the subject of a crowdfunding campaign.
The first time we ever heard about a padlock that can be unlocked by Bluetooth instead of a key or combination, it was the Noke
by FŪZ Designs. While it won't be shipping until this June, however, SafeTech Products' similar Quicklock will begin doing so next week – reportedly becoming the world's first Bluetooth padlock to actually reach consumers. We recently had the chance to try out an engineering sample unit.
It's kind of ironic that while many cyclists ride lightweight bikes, they still carry heavy-duty U-locks that weigh several pounds. In most cases, however, lighter cable locks can easily be defeated with a set of bolt cutters. That's why Prof. Neil Barron, a former aeronautical engineer, has created the Litelok. It's light and flexible like a cable lock, but reportedly stands up to over five minutes of attack from tools such as bolt cutters, jacks and hack saws.
It's official – we are now living in the age of the keyless Bluetooth bike lock. We've already seen the Skylock
. Now, there's also the Noke U-Lock.
Last September we first heard about the one-off Yerka Project
bike, which was designed by three engineering students in Chile. Its clever feature was a frame that partially came apart to act as a lock. That way, any thief tempted to break its lock would be ruining the very bike they wanted, too. Now, its creators are attempting to bring it to market via an Indiegogo campaign.
Wheel theft is always a risk when leaving a nice bike parked in an urban environment. Cyclists can do things like removing the front wheel and locking it to the frame and rear wheel, or carrying multiple locks. Kryptonite's new Security WheelNutz, however, offer a quicker and lighter alternative ... with an interesting twist.
If you're looking to smarten up your locks to make your home more secure, then you're not exactly short of options
. While all these products are aimed at offering better-connected home security, is fumbling through your phone for an app much more convenient that fumbling through your pocket for your keys? The makers of Sesame say smart locks could be a little more intuitive, and have developed a solution that, among other things, recognizes secret knocks to open up your door.
Locks are a necessity for keeping your bike secure between rides, but they can be a pain to carry around. U-locks are an awkward shape, wire locks can get tangled and thick chains can be very heavy. The Mighty Click is designed to provide both security and ease of portability.