Solar-Powered Bike Lock Knows If Its Rider Has Crashed

Solar-Powered Bike Lock Knows If Its Rider Has Crashed
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Skylock, created by ex-Boeing and Jawbone engineers, is an intelligent device that keeps cyclists, and their property, safe and secure.

Carib Guerra
  • 20 may 2014

It was only a matter of time before The Internet of Things reached our bike locks, and with over 1.5 million bike thefts in the US every year it makes perfect sense. Skylock is a high-tech, solar-powered, Bluetooth enabled bike lock that will keep your mind at ease while your bike is out of sight.


Skylock pairs with a smartphone allowing it to remain contextually aware. The device contains an accelerometer so that it can alert the owner to any unexpected movements (don’t worry the sensitivity is adjustable), and by comparing its readings to those of a rider’s phone Skylock is able to recognize spills and impacts. In the case of an accident the rider will receive a push notification. If there’s no response within a set time, this bike lock will assume the worst and alert emergency responders as well as specified contacts.


Considering that the company’s two founders, Jack Al-Kahwati, and Gerardo Barroeta used to be engineers for Boeing and Jawbone respectively, it’s no wonder that Skylock packs a seriously high-tech punch. In a recent press release Al-Kahwati, CEO of Velo Labs, the San Francisco startup where Skylock was born, had this to say about his desire to create the next generation of bike lock:

As a former engineer at Boeing, I have spent years working on tanks, helicopters and aircrafts, and while these forms of transportation have made huge leaps in safety and connectivity the bike is still stuck in the 19th century. We wanted to take on the challenge of bringing cycling into the future.


In a nod to community bike-lending programs Velo Labs has included a bike sharing platform in the Skylock app. If a buddy needs to borrow your ride, assuming you’re okay with that, you can add them to a trusted network so that they’ll be able to open Skylock even when you’re not around. Though since the lock also has a keyless entry system, where it will unlock based on your proximity, hopefully the creators have set up a safeguard in case your trusted friends just happened to be strolling by your once secure bicycle.

Check out the video for a full rundown of Skylock’s features:


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