If a bike is your choice of transpirations, then you totally understand what it feels like to want to keep your prized possession safe when unattended. Although you still lock up your bike while parked, if a thief wants it, they’re going to take it regardless. So why use an ordinary lock that can be picked when you can opt for the Velo Labs’ Skylock that’s made using cutting-edge technology that will keep your bike safe and sound, in addition to a slew of other goodies that make it cool.
1. Familiar Design
Skylock is actually built on the familiar unlock that cyclists carry with them all the time, which is what probably makes it one of the most secure mechanical locks now available. Even at first glance, it looks like a shiny U-lock, but once you see it up close, you’ll notice how different it is.
2. Solar Panel Rechargeable Battery
No more manual charging with the Skylock’s solar panel rechargeable battery! As the first device to benefit from the combination, just one hour out in the sun will power up the lock for a good week, while a fully charged battery will last up to one month for average users. The Skylock is always powered no matter what, even when you forget to charge its battery (given you’re using it while out in sun, of course)!
3. Theft Alert System
To provide even more ease of mind, the bike lock features a theft alert system that will send messages to your phone when someone touches the lock for a couple of minutes. These alerts are send via Bluetooth or Wi-Fi (which is the first time both methods are available in one smart lock).
4. Accident Awareness
Thanks to the lock’s internal accelerometer, the lock will send when any severe impacts while the bike is in motion and can a let emergency responders accordingly. It’ll even send a push notification to see if you’re alright and if you fail to acknowledge it, it will call 911 for you. It’s a device that cares!
5. Bike Sharing
With the device’s accompanying app, riders can actually lend our their bike to anyone in their trusted network or even the Skylock community and keep track of its whereabouts on a smartphone. Within the Skylock community, you can lend your bike out to other members based on prices relative to demand and location.
You can now pre-order your Skylock for your bike for $139.
Kristie Bertucci is an L.A.-based writer, who can't live without her MacBook Pro. When she's not writing, she's either reading or shopping (online, of course) and loves lazy days so she can catch up on her DVR-recorded shows and movies. She's definitely a Mac girl, she loves music and is currently on a mission to to have an insane and enviable iTunes library.