Backers needed for innovative Halo bike lock

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

by Martin Thomas   July 26, 2010  

Halo bike lock

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.

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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?

posted by MrsK [37 posts]
26th July 2010 - 12:04

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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).

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posted by bikeandy61 [386 posts]
26th July 2010 - 16:16

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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.

posted by adscrim [106 posts]
26th July 2010 - 17:39

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

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posted by Martin Thomas [567 posts]
26th July 2010 - 17:44

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