Kickstarter: BitLock Smart Bike Lock System Enables Local Bike Share Networks


Yesterday we brought you the Lock8, today we’re introducing it’s KickStarter rival – the BitLock. It doesn’t feature GPS but it does let you do away with keys by using a bluetooth proximity sensor to unlock and lock your bike within a 3 ft radius. 

The BitLock does not have a GPS system built in because as designer Mehrdad Majzoob explains, you want to track your bike not your lock. Typically, bike thieves will damage and abandon a lock when stealing a bike, so he claims using a separate tracker like the Bike Spike makes more sense.

BitLock Exploded ViewIn order to keep the design simple, the BitLock uses a user replaceable Li-SOCl 2 battery for a guaranteed 5 years of operational life. A notification appears on your cellphone when the time comes to swap in a new battery. Since cellphone charges don’t last nearly that long, the app can generate a 16 bit code you can write down and use to unlock your bike. BitLock BikeShare AppWhenever you lock your bike, the location is captured by your phones GPS. This allows you to share it’s location publicly or to a small network of friends. Which enables you to share bikes easily. 

The GPS capabilities also allows you to track your rides and monitor your total moving time, distance and elevation covered, CO2 offset, and calories burned.

The lock currently supports iOS and Android devices and is available to Kickstarter pledges for an introductory price of $99 USD. Retail price is expected to go up to $140. Get yours here.

Comments

pmurf - 10/29/13 - 11:58am

can you buy it with BitCoin?

will - 10/29/13 - 1:30pm

i guess this makes more sense with a code if yer phone is dead but where do you put the code? i dont get it. also, i’ve had to use lock de-icer on just yer average u-lock… wont the computer chips just freeze and not work? stupid idea. buy an abus for the same price.

http://abus-bordo.com/index_en.html

Ajax - 10/29/13 - 1:55pm

I like it! I am always forgetting my U-lock key and then I get to my destination and then have to go back home to get my key. Bitlock needs to add a bike alarm though. As bikes get more and more expensive, we need an alarm. Motorcycles have them. So if you have a bike that is $1000+ then why not have a bike alarm? It’s standard on motorcycle alarms. Why not bikes too?

tirider1 - 10/29/13 - 3:56pm

ABUS!!! ALWAYS BLOODY ULTRA STRONG!

nathan - 10/29/13 - 5:10pm

Sweet bike collection. Blue fixie, white fixie, green fixie. tarck for life!

AlanM - 10/29/13 - 5:48pm

I’d like to see how this survives a Minnesota winter.

Post a comment:

Comment sections can be a beautiful source of knowledge, conversation and comedy. They can also get pretty ugly, which is why we've updated our Comments Policy. If your comment isn't showing up or suddenly disappears, you might want to check it out.