THE SITUATION: When you lock up your bike, you expect it to be there when you return. Unfortunately, thieves are savvy enough to crack even the best locking systems.
AN ANSWER: The new Ellipse Smart Bike Lock from Lattis is designed to let you know when a thief is trying to take your bike,
which should give them another reason to leave it alone. It looks like a traditional u-lock, but it features two locking mechanisms where the u attaches to the base, so a thief has two locks to pick. If someone attempts to break it, you’ll get an alert on your smartphone.
THE DETAILS: The message is sent via Bluetooth, so it has a range of only about 800 feet, but that’s close enough for when you’re inside a store or coffee shop. The lock can also detect a severe impact and send out a text alert with your GPS coordinates to family or friends to indicate that you’ve been in a crash. A solar panel charges the battery — and 12 hours in the sun gives you about six months of use. It’s easy to use with keyless entry — your smartphone opens and closes the lock. While pricey for a bike lock, if you have an expensive bike, it night be worth the investment.