Built on the familiar unlock cyclists carry with them daily, the Skylock offers the most robust mechanical lock available with cutting edge connective technology to bring cycling into the 21st century. Skylock is a one of a kind connected device that is based on a proprietary dual locking design making it twice as safe as a traditional u-lock.
In addition to robust mechanics, a theft alert system sends a message to your phone when someone touches your lock for an extended period. Alerts are sent via bluetooth or via Wi-Fi, the first time either communication methods are available in one device.
Using Bluetooth Low-Energy, Wi-Fi, and an accelerometer, Skylock pairs itself with a smartphone to be contextually aware. Through this connectivity Skylock can keep cyclists safer by comparing accelerometer data from a smartphone to its own and determine when a rider has been in an accident. In the event of a severe impact Skylock will send a push notification to see if the rider is ok. If they fail to acknowledge the notification within a set number of seconds, Skylock will automatically determine that the rider is seriously hurt and alert emergency responders so they can come to the rider’s aid as quickly as possible.
With the Skylock app, users can arrange to lend out their bike to anyone in their trusted network or the Skylock community while keeping track of it via the app. Within the Skylock bike community, bike owners can lend their bikes based on prices relative to demand and location.
Skylock is the first device that utilizes a combined solar panel and rechargeable battery system to virtually eliminate manual charging. Just one hour of sunlight provides enough power for a week and a fully charged battery lasts up to a month for average users. So unless the rider lives in a cave with little or no sunlight, the Skylock will always be ready to go.
All this and more are included in a feature packed device small enough to fit in a back pocket.
Velo Labs is the San Francisco based startup responsible for Skylock – the first device for the age of connected cycling. Velo Labs officially launched its crowdfunding campaign for Skylock on May 15, 2014 and is set to start shipping by Spring 2015.