Since we're doing smart-everything nowadays, here's a smart padlock

Since we're doing smart-everything nowadays, here's a smart padlock
Gadget developers at FŪZ Designs, a startup that has had great success with 2 previous Kickstarter campaigns, believe that padlock technology is outdated and needs a slight bump, to better adapt to our modern times. Thus, they have come up with Noke [no:kei].

Noke is a Bluetooth padlock that can pair to any number of phones and can only be unlocked when there is a verified device around it. The "key" is stored on a companion app, which works on Android or iOS. The owner of said "key" can choose to authorize other devices for one time access, temporary access, or all-time access.

To unlock, you have to press the shackle once. Noke then starts looking for Bluetooth devices that have previously been paired with it. Once it finds one, it unlocks, simple as that. If your phone's battery drops, or you forget your phone altogether, fear not – you can unlock the Noke with a custom emergency code – you input it by pressing the shackle in a predetermined combination (it takes dots and dashes, so you can do your name in Morse code, eh?).

Noke is currently up on Kickstarter with a $100,000 goal. Backers, who pledge $59, will get it in February 2015 (provided the campaign is successful, of course). Upper tiers don't grant a flashy amount of perks, but you can get a multi-pack of Nokes at a serious discount (FŪZ Designs says that $449 will get you a 10-pack, at $441 off the retail price). Maybe a good deal, if you and your friends are interested.

source: Kickstarter via Endgadget




Posts: 650; Member since: Nov 20, 2011

pretty sweet actually but i like the slide pattern to unlock one for now

2. NokiaFTW

Posts: 2072; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

What next? Smart Condom?

12. Bioload25

Posts: 213; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

Would be great! :D

3. Mark7

Posts: 21; Member since: Jun 10, 2014

If it malfunctions then how can I unlock it without a key.

7. buccob

Posts: 2979; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

a Saw, Dremel, blowtorch, plasma cutter, big-a$$ hammer... what else am I missing?

9. rallyguy

Posts: 620; Member since: Mar 13, 2012

Most common. Bolt cutters. :)

11. buccob

Posts: 2979; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

RIGHT! lol... I knew I was missing something that made more sense

16. RandomUsername

Posts: 808; Member since: Oct 29, 2013

Just hack it like in Watch Dogs ;)

4. Atrixboyyy

Posts: 616; Member since: Nov 03, 2011

That's nice but I'm not big on a 60$ lock...

5. Felix_Gatto

Posts: 942; Member since: Jul 03, 2013

The only one is smart....................... is human.

6. Mxyzptlk unregistered have got to be kidding me? What's next? Smart doors? Smart keys? Smart shoes? Smart shirts?

15. g2a5b0e unregistered

Not sure if you're being your usual facetious self, but smart doors & keys have existed for a long time.

8. buccob

Posts: 2979; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

TSA approved? ;)

10. rallyguy

Posts: 620; Member since: Mar 13, 2012

I like this. Too bad I don't have a use for a pad lock.

13. alumoyo

Posts: 392; Member since: Aug 26, 2013

How about battery and charging?

14. VoicelessV

Posts: 18; Member since: Jul 08, 2014

Its battery is replaceable, holds around a year, according to the makers.

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