Fūz Designs, that company that brought us the Nokē padlock last year, has returned with another innovative lock designed specifically for the urban cyclist. The new Nokē U-Lock promises to revolutionize security for our bikes by eliminating the need for a key, integrating an alarm system, and incorporating innovative sharing and GPS features.
The Nokē (Get it? No-key?) U-Lock pairs with a smartphone via Bluetooth using an iOS or Android app. Once properly configured, the lock can then be opened with the simple push of a button, provided the smartphone – or another shared phone – is within close proximity. In this case, your phone becomes your key, completely eliminating the need to carry a physical one altogether.
Other interesting features include an alarm system that sounds if someone shakes the lock for more than three seconds, and the ability to share your bike with others by authorizing their phones to unlock the Nokē as well. Shared access can be set up on a one-time basis, or can be scheduled for specific days and times. And when you no longer want that person to have access to your bike, you can revoke their privileges instantly. Fūz has even given the Nokē the ability to use your phones GPS capabilities to automatically mark its location on a map, making it easy to find it when you’re ready to ride again. The lock will even be compatible with the Apple Watch – as well as other smartwatches – and can be opened using an optional Bluetooth key fob too.
Fūz launched a Kickstarter campaign a few weeks back with the intention of raising funds to get the Nokē U-Lock into production. The company quickly surpassed its initial goal of $100,000, and backers have since gone on to pledge more than $220,000 toward the project. With their campaign a success, the Nokē will go into mass production this summer, and should begin shipping in September. It is expected to carry a price tag of $129 when it becomes available, although Kickstarter backers can get one for just $99.