The Bike Spike, Onstar for Bicycles
Having a bike stolen is a gut wrenching experience. That’s why Chicago based started up Bike Spike has created a big brother style solution to tackling bike theft.
The company is integrating the “world’s smallest GPS chipset with a built-in antenna, an on-board accelerometer, and a connection to a global cellular network” to help keep tabs on your two wheeled transportation. The beacon interfaces with your phone and can be used to track down the location of your stolen bicycle or provide additional data about how fast and far you’ve ridden.
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The module containing the GPS chip set and battery mounts directly to your frame via the water bottle mounts. A custom holder allows you to tote some precious hydration and carefully camouflages the hardware.
A special tool will be required to mount the beacon and a notification will be sent if the accelerometer determines the device is being tampered with.
The data is fed to your android or iphone device but an open API will allow outside developers to access the data and create additional functionality. In the future you’ll be able to share rides, monitor your children’s rides, share stats, and more.
A special adapter will allow you to plug the your BikeSpike into an auxiliary battery source, so you can monitor your motorcycle without plugging into the wall.
Interested? Head over to kickstarter to back the new project. They have 21 days to reach their goal of 150k. A pledge of $150 nets you a BikeSpike and a 12 month plan.
The major downside to this project is the required monthly cellular plan. The company does not currently list any details regarding the eventual cost of the cell phone plan after the initial plan runs out.