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There will always be a need for padlocks to secure doors and other items and today a company called FŪZ Designs revealed a new kind of lock, the Noke, that supports Bluetooth and can be opened with the help of an Android app.

FŪZ Designs says:

"We designed Noke to be the simplest electronic device you own. Once you've downloaded our iOS or Android app, Noke automatically finds and pairs to your Bluetooth 4.0 enabled smartphone. You can name your Noke and even give it a photo if you like. That's it. To unlock Noke, simply press the shank. Noke wakes up and searches for your phone or a shared phone. If the phone is within 10 feet, Noke will instantly unlock so you can be on your way. No need to launch an app or remove your phone from your pocket or purse."

The Kickstarter campaign is looking to raise $100,000 and as of this writing it has already generated over $26,000 in donations. People who pledge at least $59 will get the Noke, which is supposed to be $30 less than the regular retail price. There's also an optional custom chain and bike stand that will add $20 to the price. Shipments of the Noke are supposed to begin in February. What do you think of this concept of a Bluetooth connected padlock?

Source: Noke on Kickstarter

 

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Noke padlock will allow owners to unlock it via Android app

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I tend to like this sort of connected device. Of course there's the "cool factor:" )"Look, I can open this lock with my phone!") Aside from that there are some serious conveniences. My security cameras and garage door are set up so I get alerts when there's activity. It gives me some peace of mind. The garage door being connected also means I don't have to carry around a separate remote. That would be true of this lock as well. The one question is whether it can pair with more than one device (for multi-phone families).

Indeed! I'm guessing it's because a certain very popular to tie phone doesn't have nfc...

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Because it probably uses a BTID to identify the device. NFC has no unique identifier so any phone could unlock it

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There's no reason it couldn't use authentication via the app. It would be more power efficient too.

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Exactly, the identifier is of course on app level with NFC. The first gen Android NFC's used hardware ID which only turned out to lock every solution in to Google.

I think there are one or two NFC padlocks available, but they both look pretty horrible. Salto is at least one, but that one looks more like a regular padlock where they've just welded a motor with NFC capabilities onto.

Though, I can see one valid argument against NFC controlled locks. One side/spot will have to be non-metal, as the receiver needs it. But that shouldn't be all too complicated to work around, I think.

Did anyone actually watch the video on Kickstarter? Using nfc means you would have to take your phone out of your pocket. Bluetooth has a long range.

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Why would you want long range? Wouldn't that mean anyone can unlock it if you are within Bluetooth range?

Also with nfc you could code a tag to unlock it as a backup in case your phone is incapacitated, instead of some sort of mouse code mumbo jumbo.

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I got excited for a second there, thinking that this was Wi-Fi connected. Surely I'm not the only one who wants a padlock I can open remotely?

Anyone?

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has a morse code style trick to open...

What if you forget your phone or your battery dies? With Noke, it's no problem. Our patent-pending Quick-Click technology allows you to create a custom access code. If you're ever without your phone, simply key in those clicks and your Noke will instantly unlock for you. You'll never worry about being stranded again.

Lol that's what I was thinking... if the battery dies you'd have to charge it before you could unlock it!

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Exactly, at first i was like cool, i can use it for my locker at the gym.. wait a tick.. I will have to charge it. No good. Now add a little solar strip to power and we got something.

So I guess you couldn't leave your phone in your locker or anyone could just open your lock.

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I didn't read the kickstarter bumf, but I did watch their video. From what I saw it's a case of "dead battery? U R SOL lol!".

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NFC would be nice but it would kind of go against that "you dont even have to get out your phone or open an app" thing their shooting for. On another note i would love a sub $50 padlock that i have to NFC the combination to it

Great concept, but I imagine it would work well only for people who use such a lock frequently. For me, I currently only use such a lock on my storage locker, which I access a few times a year. As I would have to basically coordinate phone replacements, system wipes, etc., around the lock, I'd forget, get to my storage locker, and be screwed. Or I'd need to carry a backup key just in case, which would all but defeat the point.

But for people who use such a lock quite regularly, this would be really great.

I still doubt the security of this device even if it may seem to be safe. Ordinary lockpad may consume more time to unlock, but still much more secure.

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A padlock that requires a battery and can hypothetically be hacked... I think not.

Also it's kind of useless for lockers at gyms and swimming pools and such because your phone would be, ya know, in the locker.

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I agree I don't like to carry my phone on me while at the gym. I guess you could turn your phone off and use the Morse code to unlock. I just wonder if it can accidently be unlocked by someone who just happened to get my pattern right. Also the lock battery dying would pretty much be time to get out the bolt cutters.

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And that's the thing, the most likely time you'll lose a key or forget a combination is for long term stuff like storage units. Your not gonna forget a gym combination that you use a couple of times a week.

Still, I'm sure there's people who'll use it.

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Another case that I would be using it for would be to put on the shed across the yard. However, when I am out and about doing yard work, I don't carry my phone with me as I don't want it to break while using machinery or scrambling around on the ground, etc. The standard pattern unlock is good enough for me.

This certainly has some use cases that will fill people's needs.

What do you do when you need someone else to open the lock, a bit harder than just giving them the key.

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