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The Better Bike Lock

Now that you can get into your house without a key, why not do away with your clunky bike lock and key? A new Kickstarter project called Lock8 wants to replace your awkward and archaic cable or u-lock with their keyless, smartphone-activated bike lock.

Lock8’s compact lock fits in your bike’s rear-dropout and has a coil lock that extends from its base. The lock has several innovative features:

  • Its built in geo-locator tells you where your bike is at all times.
  • If the lock is tampered with, cut, sawed, torched or cooled with freon, sensors in the lock will set off an alarm and a push notification will be sent to your phone.
  • You can send notifications to friends in case you’re not near your bike.
  • You can walk away from the bike unlocked, and push notifications will be sent if your bike is moved.
  • You can connect with Facebook to give your friends an e-key to borrow your bike.

The whole unit will only weigh about a pound. A built-in battery will charge via induction. There is no subscription charge unless you rent your bike to multiple parties (+5). They expect that charge to be around $2/month.

Lock8 is available with a £79 ($126) pledge and they will ship to the US and Europe. With £42K pledged of a £50K goal and 21 days remaining of their campaign, Lock8 will surely get its funding, which makes a lot of sense to us. If you’re spending a lot of dough on your bike, why not give it the best, most advanced, protection you can?

Via Engadget

  • Tim Domenico

    Seems to be problems with this concept. How does this lock actually lock your bike firmly to an immovable object – which is the only way to actually keep someone from carrying your bike away. A cable is a universal (although not absolutely secure, I lost a bike once to someone cutting the heavy steel cable I secured my bike with) locking device, that can pass through both wheels, also the frame and then around a fixed object.

    • David Friedlander

      check out the video. there is an actual cable that attaches to a pole or some other immovable object.

  • laurie66bay

    Great. Now hipsters can tie yet another thing to their iphone.

  • norcal

    Yeah I don’t know what kind of city you guys live in, but I don’t see this being a very realistic or durable option for most place, plus it looks retarded. Please don’t advertise any more gimmicks like this one on your site, it’s a consumerist item.

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  • sogwa

    This is so beyond common sense!!

    First off, WHY aren’t laptop, bike, & car alarms ALREADY connect to an ACTIVE GPS security alarm in the first damn place?!?! It.s obvious that a thief will TRAVEL WITH your bike, laptop, cel, etc.in the first place.

    Even car alarms only make a bunch of noise. They NEED to activate a kill switch to stop thief right away!! And bike, phone, & laptops should automatically activate a GPS AND cops to catch the thief immediately!!

    Again I’m just using logic and common since !!