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Noke is a Bluetooth Unlockable Padlock That Destroyed Its Kickstarter Goal in Days

Use a padlock to secure your bike on a regular basis? What if you could unlock that padlock without using a key or entering a combination? What if a single click on the locking mechanism (shank) could send a Bluetooth signal to your securely paired phone, allowing it to unlock? That can happen, thanks to Noke (no-key, get it?), a Bluetooth powered lock that has already cruised past its Kickstarter goal of $100,000 in funding. 

The Noke is more than just a click-me-and-I-unlock padlock, though. Through companion apps on Android and iOS, you can share unlock power with others, view history, manage multiple locks, and even receive notifications when the battery on a lock runs low. Also, if you leave your smartphone at home or its battery dies, you can still unlock Noke by clicking out a custom access code with the shank.

For $59, you can pre-order yourself a Noke, which will help its creators (FUZ Designs) with manufacturing costs. You can also pick-up an optional $20 custom chain and bike mount to complete your bike security gear. Noke locks are expected to ship by February 2015.

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Cheers Benjamin!

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  • Shawn Parks

    $89 retail? Seems a bit steep

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  • Buckoman

    Hm. Just a question. I’m going to be more or less living in NYC in the coming year and years to come, so bicycle transportation will be crucial for me. Also, I know that the city isn’t quite populated with the most ethical people. If I lock my bike, start to walk away, and a thief comes up and touches the lock, would the Noke see my phone and assume it’s me (since I would still be in BT range)?

    I’m pretty interested in this, and I know my situation might be a little farfetched, but I don’t see why it couldn’t happen. Also, since my bike is higher end and new, it might be more of a target.

    Another thing, is there a timeout if someone keeps trying the tap code? As in, will the lock be disabled for an amount of time?

    Thank you!

    • CoreRooted

      “If I lock my bike, start to walk away, and a thief comes up and touches the lock, would the Noke see my phone and assume it’s me (since I would still be in BT range)?”

      Presumably, yes. However, most thieves would wait until you are out of eyesight before attempting to steal the bike in the first place. The last thing any thief wants to deal with is a physical confrontation.

      As for the tap code timeout, I doubt it, although, it’s a great idea.

  • tdurden64111

    ITT: People with degrees in engineering who are giving market advice (“who is going to want this product!”).

  • callumshell1

    woo, one more thing in my life i need to charge

  • viewthis66

    that’s awesome. can’t wait to get one.

  • Adrian

    Easily hackable, low security bluetooth lock. i love it! FREE BIKES FOR EVERYONE! the security principals this works on when activated basically send out a question “Do you contain this key?” or “segment of key” all that some one would have to do is basically build a pineapple type app, or bluetooth box to respond with “yes” or “i forgot what the part of it is, heres the part i do know” to allow the lock to unlock for anyone. bluetooth connections are notoriously unsecure, not to say that wifi direct is better, or NFC for that matter… or even a standard masterlock. but i guess no matter what, if someone wants your bike, their gonna get it. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_1GC8QtodA0

  • MrDivaNYC

    Are you going to send me one to test out?

  • B Brad

    Cool, now maybe they will make a better lock good enough to lock up something valuable. The current one looks quite fragile, sure I’d use it to protect my clothes in a locker. Certainly wouldn’t lock up a nice bike with it though.

  • Mech_Engr_09

    Expected to ship February 2015 actually shipping date February 2016

    • David Gengler

      This is David from FŪZ Designs. Why would you think it would take that long? This is our 3rd Kickstarter project and we’ve met every deadline on each of our other projects. Product development isn’t that hard if you’ve got experience. The toughest part with a lot of these projects on KS is they have never delivered a product, they have no manufacturer picked, and they choose incredibly unrealistic timelines. Cameron and I have delivered over 1,000,000 iPad keyboards before we even started FŪZ and we’ve done great on Kickstarter. True, there are many products that struggle on KS, but those guys don’t last long enough to do a third project.

  • Mario

    Scenario thief let me click click click got it no key no problem

    • Pakmann2k

      Its a pattern of clicks, not just click click click. .-…-.–… You set the pattern

      • Mario

        Exactly lucky guess and game over

        • Ian

          True of any combination lock…?

          • Mario

            True and this click system makes it more convenient then having to guess a number click away till it opens

  • yummy

    This tape will self destruct in 10 9 8

  • Jeremy Gentry

    Sweet, so when my phone dies i can no longer unlock my bike to ride home

    • David Gengler

      Quick-click bails you out in those situations.

    • Ian

      Nice use of the edit function…

  • ShermCraig

    @david_gengler:disqus Can you comment on the bike cable? I didn’t see what it is made of, it’s thickness, etc. As a NYC bike rider, this is an issue. Apologies if I missed this on your Kickstarter page.

    • David Gengler

      No worries. It’s 3/8 inch thick cable. Fairly standard for bike locks. We wanted it to straddle the line between convenient and strong. If you live in a rough neighborhood, a tougher chain may be a better plan 🙂

      • ShermCraig

        Thanks, David. No cable is that secure, so I would imagine yours is no worse than what I have. Thanks again.

      • Pakmann2k

        Can you build a replacement tumbler for cars? So you could uninstall a common key tumbler with a Bluetooth lock to upgrade traditional cars with push to start?

  • EvanTheGamer

    I do like this idea of having a padlock that unlocks as long as your phone is always with you and not elsewhere. But some of the comments, although very few, have some good points.

    If you misplace/lose your phone, then what? Guess you can break the padlock, but then you’re out $60. What if someone know you have a Noke? They could steal your phone and then not only have access to all your info on your phone, but also have access to everything in the locker or now have a new bike. What if you’re at the gym and strangely like leaving your phone in your locker? Then uhh…Noke is obviously useless in situations like that.

    There should be a backup of some kind. Like a Noke fingerprint scanner or whatever, as a secondary precaution. If you somehow leave your phone at home and your padlock is somewhere else protecting whatever, then on the padlock itself should be a fingerprint scanner so you regardless of losing/misplacing/forgetting your phone, you’ll always have a way to unlock Noke. But then again, Noke wouldn’t be $60, more like $160.

    • FortitudineVincimus

      They have that quick click method to set a series of clicks to be able to unlock if the phone is lost, stolen, or your BT is off and you put the phone in the locker. 2:08

    • David Gengler

      David from FŪZ, yes, fingerprint padlock would be awesome. Cost and battery life don’t allow it right now but maybe in the future. The quick-click access does give you a nice way to unlock Noke if you don’t have your phone handy. If someone steals your phone, you can revoke access (unlike traditional keys). Also, if you tend to lose you phone a lot, I’d turn off auto-unlock and keep your phone password protected. Then the thief would need to unlock your phone to get to the unlock button in our app.

      Quick-click is also great in a locker situation. Just turn off auto-unlock and use quick-click to open it. However, if locking your phone in your locker is the only use, I’d stick to a more traditional padlock. Thanks for the comments. Very thoughtful. Check out the Kickstarter page. You’ll probably be surprised how well thought out this product is. We’ve delivered on a few nice products already so we are probably a little different than what you are used to seeing on Kickstarter. Thanks again.

  • benjaninja

    Yay you used used my tip! I feel complete now

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  • Dave

    This would go perfect with one of those LG smart light bulbs that cost $50. Haha

    • Have you been to the hardware store lately? Those Master locks cost quite a bit as well.

  • FortitudineVincimus

    These videos are like those bad As Seen On TV terrible gadgets.. the “actors” always act like the current line of products is soooooooo much harder to use than the really are; fumbling around and with fake exasperation like “OH the difficulty”.

    • mustbepbs
      • FortitudineVincimus

        Nailed it..

      • Pakmann2k

        Thanks, you just killed an hour of my day! Had to watch this one, then clicked on another, and here I am an hour later. Smiling ear to ear. lol

    • David Gengler

      Dang it. We were going for above average as seen on TV adds 😉 Yes, those scenes can be a little over the top sometimes. Our cameraman actually did the exasperated scenes where he’s hitting his head against the locker, etc. They were so funny we just thought we’d leave them in. I’m glad you got a laugh out of it at least.

  • FortitudineVincimus

    What if the phone is iN the locker.

    • EvanTheGamer

      Or what IF someone knows you have a Noke and they steal your phone and you have no idea that they stole your phone, until it’s too late? Instant thievery.

      • David Gengler

        David from FŪZ again.

        Fortitude, You can always turn off the auto-unlock and use the quick-click code if you need to lock your phone in your locker.

        Evan, If they steal your phone, you can disable access. Try doing that to a thief that steals your keys.

        Again, Noke isn’t for everyone but these basic issues have been addressed.

        • FortitudineVincimus

          The best thing about that video is.. you guys actually had the ballz to show someone using it with a handgun. A true natural use. Awesome! So many companies are so scared of doing that. That alone might turn me around given I am an avid 2A supporter.

      • ShermCraig

        Or what if someone steals your identity, and wait, your brain! Yeah, that’s it! If they steal your brain, then they can know all of your inner-most secrets! Yeah, you’re right. This Noke thing is destined to increase “thievery”! 😉

        • Guest


          • ShermCraig

            Wow – take a breath Evan. If you notice, there was a “;)” emoticon which usually is an indication that the comment was to be considered a joke. Please don’t kick me in the balls. Please.

          • Guest

            Evan/Guest – I hope you didn’t delete your comment because of mine.

          • ShermCraig

            Evan/Guest – I certainly hope you didn’t delete your comment because of me.

      • CoreRooted

        Statements like this are ridiculous. Seriously, if you cannot guard your device enough to keep it out of danger, then perhaps you shouldn’t have a device to begin with. Only in the rare instance where you are mugged and the device is forcibly taken from you would this be applicable.

    • tdurden64111

      “The files are IN the computer…?”

  • I actually really like this idea, problem is I don’t see myself having use for a lock anytime soon or ever.

  • Boblank84

    i would like something like this that used nfc instead.

    • David Gengler

      David from FŪZ here, not a bad idea. NFC has some nice features. It’s not the best for some of the reporting features and if it was designed to always look for a device, rather than being woken up with a click (like the Noke) it would burn through the battery faster. That being said, NFC is something we are looking at for future products.

      • thunder jeffers

        I really liked the idea until I realize people lose their phones or more likely the phone will die after a long day as well as the person above me mentioned people may hack it now if it was a fingerprint scanner I would buy one at the $50 price point

        • robd

          that can be bypassed via taking fingerprint off a dirty screen with a piece of tape

        • David Gengler

          Don’t forget, you can use the quick click if the battery dies or you lose your phone. It’s a pretty good backup plan. Thanks

      • DigitalEnforcer

        What’s the distance that this works? Because I know the blue tooth has a 30ft range or so? What if I walk away, but am still in bluetooth range, and someone else opens it because it sees my phone?

        • David Gengler

          Max on Noke is set at 10ft but you can dial it down to just a couple feet if you want. Also, you’d get a notification if somebody opened it. Finally, if you ever had a case where you wanted to turn off the auto-unlock feature, you can always do that and then just click on a button in the app to open Noke. Thanks

    • ShermCraig

      That’s what I was thinking. Not sure, but I would think it’s even more secure?

    • jamdev12

      Whenever I see these devices that state security is a first priority, makes me laugh because then I get to point out this:


      Many of these devices, that are wirelessly connected, can be hacked with a little ingenuity and creativity. What’s even worst is that regular locks are not very different.

      • Fooer

        Freaking lazers! Fun talk, but avoid the comments for there be idiots

  • Alec

    Whenever I see Noke, It initially makes me think it says Nokia.

    • Daistaar

      Oddly enough when I see Nokia I think “No care” as in I don’t, not that they don’t.

  • GoodIdeaMan

    Finally, my phsyical security can be compromised via software.

    • David Gengler

      This is David from the Noke team at FŪZ Designs. We just thought that stealing your physical key or watching over your shoulder to get your combination was just too hard, so we thought we’d make it easier for the bad guys. Of course, I’m joking. Seriously though, Bluetooth security protocols are highly encrypted and very safe. Certainly safer than a keyed lock that can be picked in seconds. Obviously, nothing is 100% secure. Padlocks are really just to keep honest people honest. Far easier than standing out in the cold with some sort of sniffer within 5 ft of the user at the exact moment they open the lock and then trying to defeat the encryption (very very difficult) would be to simply cut the lock with a Dremel. This will defeat even the strongest U-locks in seconds.

      What makes Noke so great is the sharing, reporting, speed, and convenience. This is no different than keyless entry for your car or even your garage door opener at home.

      • adbFreedom

        Does everybody read Droid-Life? lol. Others are taking Dennis Woodside’s lead for feedback!

      • S Bosworth

        Come on man. A top notch padlock, which don’t cost much more than this, will be infinitely more secure than this, have no worries about batter life, concerns about climate, weather etc and is NO WHERE near as easy to pick as you claim. Pick it in seconds? Maybe if you’ve been doing it for years. It’s not quite as easy to just rake the pins as you make it seem.

        • David Gengler

          No question, security of just about all padlocks are about the same. They can all be cut with a Dremel in about 30 seconds (that’s no exaggeration, I’ve done it to several in the past few months). But overall, their all very useful at keeping honest people honest. Noke is certainly not for anyone. If you need to share, track, or want quick access, Noke is great. If those things aren’t necessary, and you don’t lose keys often, traditional locks are great.

        • tdurden64111

          C’mon man! Clearly there’s a market!

  • Jason Downing

    Lock has to have some sort of power. what happens when it runs out?

    • kselby

      From the kickstarter page:
      “When it’s time to replace your Noke’s battery, you will receive a notification through the app. To replace the battery, simply unlock Noke and twist off the back cover. It’s easier than replacing the batteries on your remote control.

      In the unlikely event you let the battery completely drain, we’ve added a simple way to “jump-start” your Noke with an external battery so you can unlock your Noke, open the back, and replace the battery. This ensures you’ll never have to worry about being stranded with a dead battery.”

    • Wise

      The video says that it has an easily replaceable battery

    • Jared Denman

      “And for this reason, I’m out. ” – mark cuban

    • David Gengler

      David from FŪZ. Oh shoot. We didn’t think of that. Yet another electronic device that must be thrown in the trash because it uses batteries 😉 I kid. Yes, it uses batteries, yes we will give you plenty of warning if they need to be replaced and yes, it’s easy. I know you were joking too. All in good fun 🙂