No doubt you’ve heard of Lockitron (along with all of the other copycats). It’s a smart deadbolt that works with your smartphone and negates the physical key. And now the same concept is being applied to a bicycle lock. It’s called the Bitlock.
Like the Lockitron, the Bitlock uses proximity technology (Bluetooth) to sense when you’re close by and unlock the lock at the touch of your finger. You can even remotely unlock the Bitllock using the accompanying app, which also lets you share “keys” with groups or friends. Access can be limited based on the time of day, ensuring that no one can take the bike in the middle of the night or when you most need your bicycle. And you can specify drop off/pickup locations down to a pin. Unfortunately, there is no tariff system in place for lending out your bike, at least for now.
It’s probably rare that you’ll forget where you parked your bike, but it can happen. The Bitlock works in tandem with the Bitlock app to pin point parked, or the locked location by using your phone’s GPS. So if not for nothing, you’ll never have to mentally note where you parked your bike. Additionally, the app includes a tracking feature, allowing you to keep tabs on distance, calories burned as well as your carbon offset.
As for the actual hardware, Bitlock says that it’s designed to withstand even the most harshest of weather as all of the components are sealed and waterproofed. And the battery, which is always cause for concern, is rated to last for up to 5 years. In the event it does die, or degrades, the battery is user replaceable (unlike your phone).
And speaking of phones, the Bitlock is supported by the iPhone 4S or 5, 5C and 5S (iOS 6 and 7) and the following Android phones running Android Jelly Bean 4.3 or later: Samsung Galaxy S3, S4, Note 2, 3 – HTC One, Droid DNA, EVO – Motorola Moto X, Droid RAZR MAXX, RAZR M – Google Nexus 4 and 5.
To get a Bitlock you’ll need to contribute to their Kickstarter campaign, which so far is off to an excellent start with almost 50% of their goal raised.