FUZ Designs, a start-up, made up of gadget developers, have come up with something unique, a smart padlock. In a world where we have smart phones, smart watches and other smart stuff, inventing a smart padlock isn’t a bad idea at all. This one is called Noke [no:kei].
Noke works through the use of Bluetooth. It pairs with any number of phones, and can only be unlocked when there’s a verified device close to it. The smart padlock has a companion app, compatible with Android or iOS, and within this app, you store a “key”. The owner of the virtual “key” will then choose whether other devices can have one time access, temporary access, or all-time access.
To unlock Noke, you simply press the shackle once. It then starts looking for previously paired Bluetooth devices. Once it finds one, it unlocks, simple as that. If your phone’s battery is down, or if your phone isn’t with you, hope is not lost – you can still unlock Noke with a custom emergency code – you input it by pressing the shackle in a predetermined combination (This combination involves dots and dashes so its best to pick what you’ll recall easily).
The guys behind Noke are running a Kickstarter campaign with a $100,000 goal. Anyone who pledges $59, will get it around February 2015, that is provided the campaign is successful. FUZ Designs says that $449 will get you a 10-pack, at $441 off the retail price. That’s a good deal, for those that would like to do business.
How una see am? If it finds its way down here will you get one for yourself? Who knows maybe the next smart padlock will come with face-recognition software.