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Gadget of the week: BitLock, the smart lock

We love gadgets, these little gadgets that make life easier or just liven up everyday life. Motivated by this sentiment, we started Gadget of the Week, and my tip today is Bitlock, the smart bike lock that connects to your smartphone. After her, key will be a thing of the past.

The lock without key. / Mesh Motion Inc.

What ?

BitLock is the first bike lock that can be controlled by your Android device. Thanks to Bluetooth, you don't even have to take your phone out of your pocket. One click on the lock button is enough to close or open it. As if that weren't enough, you can still locate your skinny girl by GPS and, coolly, participate in a bike sharing program, because the locking app allows more than one phone to have the key.

The gadget is in the feature collection phase in the Kickstarter, and his team has already obtained half of the $ 120,000 requested. As there are still 24 days left until the end of the campaign, it is very likely that it will get off the ground.

Check out the promotional video Gadget:

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Technical Specifications

Drums: 2.4 Amp / hour, non-rechargeable
Battery Duration: 10,000 locks (5 years of average use)
Battery Durability: 20 years
Dimensions: 10.2 x 20.3 cm
Weight: 1.09 kg
Lock diameter: 12 mm
Material: Reinforced
Cylinder: Reinforced steel layers
Cover Material: PVC
Compatible smartphones: Samsung: Galaxy S3, S4, Note 2, Note 3HTC: One, Droid DNA, EVOMotorola Droid: Moto X, Droid RAZR MAXX, MGoogle: Nexus 4, 5Apple: iPhone 4S (iOS 6 and 7), 5, 5C, 5S

The BitLock is made up of a 12 mm steel U-bolt attached to an impermeable cylinder, where all the technology and battery are inserted. The app alerts you when the battery should be replaced, but in principle it should last 5 years. The app that communicates with BitLock via Bluetooth must be installed on your smartphone. The lock recognizes your nearby cell phone, and you can open it just by pushing a button or directly entering a PIN that you created from your smartphone.

The social component

The cool thing, though, is the other functions of this smart lock. With the app you can know how many miles you walked, which road you took, where you left your bike, and all the services usually related to your phone's GPS. In addition, it calculates how much carbon dioxide you have saved in the atmosphere and how many calories you have burned while pedaling. But not only that. There is also a social networking component. You can create a group of friends in the app that have your bike key and can even chat with them. Thus, a community is formed around the healthy and ecological habit of cycling.

The BitLock campaign on Kickstarter can be seen here.

What did you think of this idea? Would you buy such a lock?

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