Noke padlock will allow owners to unlock it via iPhone app


There will always be a need for padlocks to secure doors and other items and today a company called FŪZ Designs revealed a new kind of lock, the Noke, that supports Bluetooth and can be opened with the help of an iPhone app.

FŪZ Designs says:

"We designed Noke to be the simplest electronic device you own. Once you've downloaded our iOS or Android app, Noke automatically finds and pairs to your Bluetooth 4.0 enabled smartphone. You can name your Noke and even give it a photo if you like. That's it. To unlock Noke, simply press the shank. Noke wakes up and searches for your phone or a shared phone. If the phone is within 10 feet, Noke will instantly unlock so you can be on your way. No need to launch an app or remove your phone from your pocket or purse."

The Kickstarter campaign is looking to raise $100,000 and as of this writing it has already generated over $26,000 in donations. People who pledge at least $59 will get the Noke, which is supposed to be $30 less than the regular retail price. There's also an optional custom chain and bike stand that will add $20 to the price. Shipments of the Noke are supposed to begin in February. What do you think of this concept of a Bluetooth connected padlock?

Source: Noke on Kickstarter

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Noke padlock will allow owners to unlock it via iPhone app


If anyone notices what kind of lock this is and acually knows or learns how to unlock it, all they have to do is wait until I turn my back and "press on the shank" to have it unlocked before I'm more than 10 feet away. That is, unless I turn off the bluetooth on my device and every other shared device.

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This is David from FUZ Designs. That's a very astute observation. I suppose the same thing could be said about keyless entry on a car. Fortunately, we have designed it so you can reduce the range in the app. You can also have the app notify you anytime it is unlocked. And, if your situation is even more extreme, you can disable the auto-lock and just press the unlock button on the app to open Noke. Those features should help mitigate most of those concerns.

In some uses, I can certainly agree with you. We have worked very hard to keep price down and are about one third the price of Bluetooth enabled deadbolts, so we are pretty pleased with where we are. The real value is in sharing and notifications. Those are great features you just can't get with traditional locks. By the time you add in the costs of the app, the backend support for sharing, and the cost of the tech, these things are cheap, but they can be very useful in the right situations.

Interesting concept...

But more importantly: what is it with these "kickstarter campaigns"?

I am also interested in buying some Bluetooth tiles (locator things to put on keychains or in a wallet) but they are also unavailable in stores and mention these fundraising efforts to get going.

Why are these startups not able to go to a bank and borrow money like most small business owners?

Plasmanut, Kickstarter is more than just for raising funds. It's a really good way to find out if the world really wants the product before you go through the expense of tooling and mass production. It's also a good way to make sure the product is exactly the way the users want it. On both of our previous Kickstarter campaigns, we were able to take user feedback and make nice tweaks that we otherwise may have missed. No question, getting the funding up front is nice, but it's a bit more than that.

The battery lasts over a year, it gives you an indication of level in the app at all times, and warns you when you have about 2 months left so it won't be a big issue, but you can gain access to the battery compartment and swap out the battery if that ever happens. Thanks for your question.

'a company called FŪZ Designs'? These were the same guys who created the awesomely awesome Everdock, which half the imore team ordered! I'm funding this right now!

Keep up the good work guys!

My daughter needs to have her phone in her locker for gym class. I guess this lock doesn't work for all use cases. Still neat.

Actually, you can disable auto-unlock at times like this. Then lock your phone inside and use the Quick-Click to open it when you return. Thanks for the comment.

This looks great...perfect for my locker at work where I don't always have a ton of time to get my gear and go. I'll definitely check it out :)

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