Jul 11, 2010
Wireless bicycle lock tells you your bike's stolen
If you've ever had a bike stolen from somewhere you thought was safe, or had your lock cut so someone could make off with your bike, you know that feeling of helplessness you get when you come back and find your lock in pieces on the ground. Even though it's still a design and may never make its way to store shelves, the Halo bicycle lock, from designer Steve Hunt, is on to something. The Halo combines good looks and smart design with wireless notification to your smartphone if the lock has been tampered with, so if you're nearby you might be able to catch the culprit.
The Halo lock is designed to have a flexible body and a connector cable, so it's easy to put on and take off of your bike without having to bend and twist around the lock or the object you have your bike locked to, and if Hunt has his way, the lock will come with an embedded wireless card that will send alerts to your phone the instant someone tries to break the lock or cut the cable. So if you're sitting in a coffee shop a few feet away from your bike, you might get out in time to yell at the thief and get them to drop the bike--or at least report their identity to the police.