Whenever we head outside our houses most of us carry our phones, wallets or bags and keys. The next time though you can forget about your keys as the new Noke Padlock does not require one. FŪZ Designs based in Utah, USA has put up their new product on Kickstarter for funding that aims at ending the frustration arising out of lost keys and forgotten combinations. Noke is a Bluetooth enabled padlock that uses your smartphone as a key. The best thing about Noke is that you do not even have to pull out your smartphone and open an app. Once a Noke padlock is paired with an Android or iOS app all you have to do is press the shank of the padlock and it recognises your smartphone and unlocks itself.
If you want a trusted person to open the Noke padlock on your authorisation, you can send them a permanent, one-time or a custom key via the Noke companion app. A similar concept of virtual key was previously seen on the Mr. Mailbox solar powered smart mailbox, which sadly could not be funded. The app works well in an office environment where you can set specific time or days on which the lock can be opened. Since Noke is dependent on a smartphone as a key, you might be asking the question, What if I lose my phone or it’s out of juice? In that case Noke can be unlocked with a preset custom shackle click pattern.
The company has a funding goal of $100,000 out of which it has garnered $39,991 as of this writing on a single day. The company has fixed a retail price of $89 dollars which seems pretty steep. Early backers can get it for $59 by February 2015. While the project page on Kickstarter states that it is the first Bluetooth padlock, Engadget though points out that another Bluetooth padlock called TEO had tried its luck on Kickstarter and failed in the month of March this year.