Shut Up and Take My Money: Noke Bluetooth Padlock
Ever lost the keys to a padlock or forgot the combination at your locker? Developed by the creative team at FUZ Design, the Noke is a padlock that uses low-power Bluetooth technology to unlock when in proximity to your smartphone. Working with both iOS and Android smartphones, you simply pair the Noke with your mobile device.
To unlock the Noke, you press upward on the shank and wait for the Noke to detect a compatible mobile device that’s within 10 feet of the lock. This means you don’t even have to take out your smartphone in order to operate the lock. It can stay packed away in a backpack / purse or tucked away in your pocket.
Interestingly, you can also grant sharing rights to access of your Noke. For instance, if you are going on vacation and want to lend your bike to a friend, you can provide limited-time access. You can also choose to limit that to a single time, ideal if you are asking someone to retrieve an item from a locker. You will also be able to view a history of all the times the lock was accessed within the Noke smartphone app.
If you are worried about the battery within your smartphone or the Noke going completely dead, the creators of the device has included a manual method of unlocking the Noke using a custom timed access code of shank clicks. However, the battery within the Noke should last at least a year. In addition, you will receive a smartphone notification when the Noke’s battery is running low.
According to the details of the project, the Noke is expected to ship to early Kickstarter backers by February 2015. Early backers will be able to purchase a Noke for $59, approximately 33% cheaper than the eventual retail price. In addition, there are backing levels that reduce the price even further when purchasing the padlock in bulk.
As with all Kickstarter or Indiegogo crowdfunded projects, be aware that delivery windows are often delayed weeks or even months due to unforeseen issues in manufacturing. These delays are often detailed within the comments section of the project. If you would like to find out more about the Noke, check out the video below as well as the additional product pictures:
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