Explaining the need of a Bluetooth padlock, the description for Noke, pronounced as ‘No Key’, at Kickstarter tells us about the keys and the problems associated with it and how they thought of creating a lock without keys, World’s First Bluetooth Padlock.
The Noke by Fuz Designs claims that it is world’s first Bluetooth padlock. This is one of the latest success stories of online crowd-funding platform Kickstarter.com
Noke works on very simple principles.
Own a Noke, download their iOS or Android app. Pair your lock to your Bluetooth 4.0 enabled smartphone. Name your device and there you go!
Unlocking needs a simple press on the shackle to wake up the device and it searches your phone. You don’t need to lauch the app in your phone, all you have to do is be within few feet of lock. Your app gives you notifications to let you know when Noke is being opened. You can use history function to track who is using Noke and when, which can be very helpful sometimes.
You need to have an authorized cellphone within 10 feet of the lock to simply unlock the door without any fuss or sound of churning of keys. Fuz Designs’ co-founder Cameron Gibbs tells that you can customize the lock settings with the help of app. You can have the range customizable, less or more.
Talking about the world’s first label he says, “Well, it may very well end up being the world’s first commercially available one, when it comes down to it I think that’s all that really matters.”
The main features of the lock are:
1. It can be unlocked via Bluetooth with the help of an authorized device.
2. Each lock has its unique name.
3. It uses a replaceable battery, with one year life.
4. Authority to the lock can be granted to anyone with the help of a free app.
5. In case the battery dies, you still have a way to open the lock.
6. A user friendly app which tell you about lock’s status and other characteristics.
Fuz Designs’ Noke looks beautiful. Just like a real lock, it has a round body and U shaped shackles. At Kickstarter, Noke is priced at initial pricing of $59.
Answering to the hacking questions Gibbs says, “ Nothing is ever going to be 100 percent bullet-proof. We’re going to make it as secure as possible. But there are much easier ways to hack a lock, Noke uses the latest in anti-shim technology so you need not worry about thieves trying to use a shim to open your lock.”
Supported Devices :
Compatible with iOS devices with Bluetooth 4.0 hardware and running iOS 7.0 or later.
Compatible with Android devices that have Bluetooth 4.0 and running the Jelly Bean (4.3) or Kit Kat (4.4) versions of the Android.