Just launched on Kickstarter, BitLock is a Bluetooth-enabled bike lock that uses a smartphone as the key.
Created by Mesh Motion Inc, BitLock detects the bike user’s presence within 3 feet of the bike. Users can easily lock or unlock their bikes without using their phones by pressing a button on the lock to release it.
BitLock also comes with an accompanying app that can record the lock’s location. The app can also monitor the rider’s cycling activity and provide statistics like number of miles cycled, CO2 emission, and even calories burned. The app also allows the users to give anyone they choose access to their bike.
The creators of BitLock see the product as a low cost bike share option for groups of people or communities. Using the BitLock app, user profiles can be created for shared bikes and shared bikes can be located on the map.
BitLock uses advanced encryption standard (AES) authentication and is constructed out of heat-treated and cut-resistant steel. The bike lock works with iPhones and Android 4.3 (or later) smartphones.
BitLock is available for pre-order on Kickstarter. Supporters can avail of the limited early bird special price of $79 and regular price of $99, plus shipping fees. Backers also have the option to choose their preferred color for an additional 50 bucks. BitLock will retail for $139 when it goes on sale in 2014.