Smart Bike Lock
There have been an increasing number of people commuting to work by bike riding in the urban lifestyle. Also, more people are investing money in higher performance bike for better riding. So, most of the bike riders carry bike locks to prevent their bike from being stolen in the public areas.
The bike riders face some common issues with the current bike lock solutions such as, losing keys, forgetting lock combination, sharing the lock, and thieves cutting the lock and stealing the bike.
UNIQUE PROPERTIES / PROJECT DESCRIPTION:
Digilock is a bike-lock with a built-in fingerprint reading technology, providing simple, easy, and more secure solutions to any bike commuters. The user can simply hold the fingerprint reading button for 3 seconds then pull the lock to open. The user can setup and charge the lock by connecting to a computer or smart phone, using a micro USB, adding multiple accounts for shared access, and level of theft alert.
OPERATION / FLOW / INTERACTION:
Digilock is using industry proved technology, finger print reading system, intended to work with any computers and smart devices. The user can setup the system in computer, does not have to have a key, remember the combination number, easily add multiple accounts for shared access, and receive a theft alert when the lock is being tempered.
PROJECT DURATION AND LOCATION:
The project started in November 2013 in Chicago and finished in August 2014 in West Lafayette, and was exhibited in Purdue gallery in October 2015.
FITS BEST INTO CATEGORY:
Digital and Electronic Devices Design
PRODUCTION / REALIZATION TECHNOLOGY:
We are living in a time of dramatic changes in technology. Many new technologies are being introduced to our world and many new devices are created using the technology. But, since many of us are not familiar with the technologies, we have not fond all the potential opportunities for different applications. So, the technology scouting is an important step in our design process to understand the true potential of the technology to help us deliver the desired user experience.
SPECIFICATIONS / TECHNICAL PROPERTIES:
Width150mm X Depth 20mm X Height 300 mm
Bike, lock, fingerprint, smart, Phone
Initially ethnographic research was conducted to discover problems in our community, once the problem was discovered shadowed many bike riders to understand their user behaviors and needs. Then many ideas were developed though brainstorming process, evaluated and iterated with peoples review.
There are many bike locks in the market and many of them are focusing on the material and mechanism of the lock's functionality. Also, just by adding a new technology to current lock does not add much value to current lock system. It has to be intuitive to the users with benefits of integrating the new technology.
TEAM MEMBERS (1) :
Tong Jin Kim
Tong Jin Kim