Lock alerts your smart phone when someone’s messing with your bike

The maker of an innovative new bike lock is looking for backing to take the lock into production.

The Halo bike lock was the brainchild of US designer Steve Hunt and his friend Chad Rogers. The lock uses an Eye-Fi card – a standard SDHC memory card with in-built Wi-Fi – to alert your smart phone when it’s being tampered with.

Although the lock has generated a lot of media interest, Steve says he’s still looking for commercial backing.

Steve said, “We wanted to create something that empowered bike owners against theft. Bicycle theft is all too common, and most of the time you don't even know it’s happening, let alone have the ability to try and stop it. Of course, the Halo lock won't stop all thieves, but at least it gives the owner a little more piece of mind that they have control over the situation.

“However, the lock is still just a concept. We would love to find someone to get on board and produce it. I've tried to contact Trek, but they never responded. Perhaps one of your readers would like to take on the project…”

More information is available on Steve's website.

Lifelong lover of most things cycling-related, from Moulton Mini adventures in the 70s to London bike messengering in the 80s, commuting in the 90s, mountain biking in the noughties and road cycling throughout. Editor of Simpson Magazine (www.simpsonmagazine.cc). 


MrsK [44 posts] 7 years ago

I like the idea a lot. Bit concerned about rushing off in righteous anger to my bike and getting knifed by some little oik.

Maybe a signal out to a security firm for a fee?

bikeandy61 [538 posts] 7 years ago

But at least if you knew you were off to confront an "oik" you could take a spanner with you? (To work on the bike obviously not "Going armed" to confront a felon or whatever the legal term is).

adscrim [144 posts] 7 years ago

The image behind the lock suggests the message is sent at the point the cable is cut. If that is the case, is it of any use? All it then does is give you the bad news earlier.

Martin Thomas [384 posts] 7 years ago

That's a good point adscrim. I'm going to put it to the designer. Watch this space...