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Featured Tech Kickstarter: Lock8

What is LOCK8? LOCK8 is the first smart bike lock and we want LOCK8 to revolutionize the way people think about bicycle security.

 

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Subscription

LOCK8 does NOT require a subscription!

The basic functionalities of LOCK8 such as keyless locking, unlocking, activation of the smart sensors, the alarm system, smart cables or e-key sharing up to five people will always be for FREE!

Only if you use other services like renting out your bike, push notifications or GPS tracking we need to charge a small subscription fee, as this requires a GSM connection that we need to pay for.  We expect the subscription for these extended services to be around $2 per month, but you can always choose not to go for a subscription.

We chose our name LOCK8 ('lok-keit'), as it alludes to the combination of a bicycle lock and the verb 'locate'. The logo 8 was designed to show two entangled chain links.
We chose our name LOCK8 (‘lok-keit’), as it alludes to the combination of a bicycle lock and the verb ‘locate’. The logo 8 was designed to show two entangled chain links.

Wired smart cables, different cable sizes, lock multiple bikes

LOCK8 cables will be wired and if cut, trigger the alarm! We will produce multiple cable sizes, lengths and strengths. If you want to lock various bikes with one LOCK8 wired cable, this won`t be a problem.

 

How it all began…

At University both our bikes got stolen multiples times. So over a coffee on a sunny day in England, we started talking about bike theft. Surprised that there wasn’t a technologically advanced bike lock on the market, we decided to build one ourselves. We installed our own little workshop, decided not to tell anyone and started drawing, machining, soldering and testing. One year later we are extremely excited about the launch and would like to thank everyone who has supported us! Particularly our families and friends!

Since September ’12 we have been refining LOCK8.

This was one of Daniel's early product design sketches.
This was one of Daniel’s early product design sketches.
We soon turned our focus to frame mounted bracket.
We soon turned our focus to frame mounted bracket.
We produced various aluminium prototypes of the bracket design to see how compatible they are.
We produced various aluminium prototypes of the bracket design to see how compatible they are.
The electronics were developed by a German engineering team and worked well, but the design was still bulky and unpractical.
The electronics were developed by a German engineering team and worked well, but the design was still bulky and unpractical.

We then switched to a shark fin design, and decided LOCK8 should be mounted to the frame close to the back wheel. This solved many problems. Charging through induction was now possible (so we skipped the solar panels). Induction charging now works through reflectors (with built-in magnets) that we provide for you.

The evolution of the Shark Fin design
The evolution of the Shark Fin design

 

Check out the Kickstarter campaign!

By G+ Author: Jacquelyn Tanner.

Jacquelyn Tanner

Jacquelyn Tanner

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