Backup if your phone crashes... or you do
Speaking of keys, if you lose your smartphone or its battery is dead, you'll still be able to unlock Skylock. It's got a small, unassuming touchpad on one end, where the key would go on a traditional lock. This lets you program a backup passcode.
The Skylock even checks on you if its accelerometer detects your bike has crashed. It'll first send a push notification to your phone asking if you're OK. If you don't respond, it can notify your preferred contacts that you might need help, or even call for emergency responders.
I knew some guys in college who would justify their propensity to slack by claiming they were all sharing a single pen, and if one guy had the pen, the other guys couldn't go to class. That was stupid. But using a Skylock to share a bike with your roommates--and knowing you've got that extra protection from theft--will make you feel like the smartest person to ever strap on a brain bucket and put rubber to the road.
Skylock starts its crowdfunding campaign Thursday with the intention to ship the first units by Christmas 2014. They'll retail for $249 with a preorder price of $159. That's pricey compared to some traditional U-locks but we think the security and sharing features will win it a lot of fans.
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