You live in a densely populated, metropolitan city. You don’t own a car; you are “one less car.” You ride your bike. You ride your bike to school. You ride it to the office, to the café, to the pub. Maybe you even ride your bike for a living — hats off to the bike messengers. As such, one stolen wheel, one jacked seat, is all it takes to turn a good day bad, or leave you high and dry in midtown. But a second dimension of security is on the rise and it’s changing how we protect our bikes…
Let’s call it a motion-activated bike alarm; or we could use the acronym MABA. You rockin’ a MABA? No? Well, maybe you should! No, it doesn’t replace your u-lock, it augments it. Anyway — the kids in San Fransisco are calling their MABA a NoJack and they’ve been 3D printing and prototyping away the last eight-plus months. Think you’ve seen this all before? Sure you have — we showed you the ShySpy and the Siegel. But products like the ShySpy include GPS tracking technology that necessitates a price north of $150. And Siegel’s slick design was merely a concept. What’s a broke barista/student/bike-messenger to do?
Check out NoJack here, and watch for their Kickstarter debut. Their goal is a sub $50 device that will employ a variable alarm — maxing at 120dB — in conjunction with a three-axis accelerometer. Adjustable by the end-user, the alarm can exhibit differing levels of “aggravation” depending on the intensity and duration of its disturbance. Pairing with Bluetooth 4.0 capable smartphones, the NoJack automatically arms once it senses its owner has left the premises.
With more and more devices like this, the competition is only a good thing. Your wheels and seat will thank you.