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May 23, 2015 9:30 EST

LINKA: World’s First Auto-Unlocking Smart Bike Lock – Our bike lock features Tamper Alerts, Auto-Unlock, Built-in Siren, Keyless Access & more!

iCrowdNewswire - May 23, 2015

LINKA : World’s First Auto-Unlocking Smart Bike Lock

by Velasso

Lock Smarter Not Harder with LINKA. Our bike lock features Tamper Alerts, Auto-Unlock, Built-in Siren, Keyless Access & more!

Velasso

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About this project

Our team came together with one clear mission: to find a way to eliminate the opportunity for bikes to be stolen. The purpose behind our mission is to provide a sense of security to bikers and encourage cycling as a lifestyle.

How is LINKA unique? We discovered that 85% of bikes that are stolen are ridden away inconspicuously. By focusing mainly on immobilizing the wheel and locking it to the frame, we can seriously reduce the risk of a bike getting stolen, as it become a lot more suspicious to carry an alarming bike!

At it’s core, LINKA is a powerful bike lock mounted to your frame, so it’s always ready. To lock it, simply tap the button and you’ll be recognized securely through your phone. A 9mm hardened square steel ring automatically slides into place making your bike impossible to ride away.

Now, we need your help to bring the first ever Auto-unlocking Bike Lock to the market and really prevent thieves from riding our beloved bicycles!

With LINKA’s revolutionary patent-pending Auto-Unlock feature, you’ll never have to carry a key. As you approach your bike, LINKA will recognize you and unlock automatically. Quick, convenient, and easy.

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Bikes are stolen in broad daylight and thieves have become annoyingly bold. We gave LINKA a screeching 100 dB siren to ensure all eyes are on preying thieves, before they ever get away with your prized steed. With our sophisticated triple-axis accelerometer, we’ve even reduced the chances of false alarms by capturing the methods and movements of thieves compared to someone bumping your bike by accident.

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Never carry a key again. Locking up with LINKA has never been easier. At the tap of a button, you will be instantly and securely recognized through your phone. A 9mm thick hardened square steel ring will automatically slide into place, leaving your bike impossible to ride away. 

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You have too many things to think about in a day, and worrying about your bike being stolen will no longer be a thought in mind. With LINKA Tamper Alerts, our accelerometer will trigger a notification to your smart phone that will immediately advise if your bike is in danger. With long range bluetooth 4.0, you have up to 400 feet of peace of mind, between you and your bike. If you get out of range, you can count on being notified by LINKA!

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No phone? No problem. With a single button, simply enter your customized 4-digit pass code and ride away. Store the code directly on our Android or iPhone app and it will register automatically to LINKA once connected.

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We’ve tapped into the bikeindex.org stolen bike database to create our unique Theft Indicator Map. Our technology has the ability to detect the safety level of different neighborhoods to minimize your risk of theft. Once you lock up your bike, LINKA will instantly alert you if the neighborhood is not secure. Better yet, we’ll suggest alternative parking spots and advise how to get there!

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Safety is not just in the technology, it’s in the hardware as well. For ultimate protection, we offer a lasso chain that is made of 10 mm square hardened chain links. A nightmare for any thief! Connect the chain link directly to the locking ring on LINKA to eliminate the need for a padlock or key. We even put a noose end for added range and flexibility while locking.

Chain Specs:

Weight: 1.9 kg (4.2 lbs)

Length: 76 cm (30 inches)

Sleeve: Heavy duty Rip-Stop Nylon

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As the LINKA community grows, you will be able to count on other LINKA riders to help track your bike. In the rare event that your bicycle is stolen, your LINKA will be connected to every other LINKA locked bike. As your bike crosses paths with another, we’ll record it’s GPS coordinates and send you a notification of it’s path. No LINKA rider will be left in the dark! This tracking feature will improve significantly based on the increase of users in your specific network or community.

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A lock that does so much for you requires very little to operate. LINKA draws such little energy that it’s powerful battery will last up to one year on one single charge. The app will even remind you when you’re due for a charge, and you’ll be set for another year!

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Weighing in at less than 500 grams (1.2 lbs), LINKA won’t be holding you back from those long fun rides across town.

 LINKA works on more than 85% of traditional commuter bikes and it’s very easy to see if your bikes fits with our simple two step guide below:

If you have a brake bridge with mounting holes and the distance between the mounting hole to the inner edge of your rim is 94mm or less, your bike is compatible!!

For more information, check out our fitting guide

My name is Mo, and I love cycling! As I started getting into cycling more and more as a sport, I realized this is way too much fun and wanted to continue riding for commuting, meeting with friends or just running errands. Quickly I realized the odds of keeping a nice bike for long were stacked against me, and everywhere I turned I was told either to ride a crappy bike or use a barrage of heavy clumsy locks. Even then, I didn’t have the peace of mind I thought was necessary. Having hard earned property taken from me in the past, I understood the devastation and violation that a stolen bike can cause, and did not want to give ANY thief an opportunity. 

As I continued asking around, I found I wasn’t the only one who was worried about bike theft,and the need for consistency in locking and peace of mind was essential. 

As a Product Designer and Mechanical Engineer, I quickly looked for better ways to solve this problem. After almost 2 years of non-stop research, interviews, designing and prototype testing, I’m thrilled to present LINKA. 

Whether you’re making a quick stop at the store, taking public transit or commuting, LINKA will be there.

Okay, so LINKA is nearly ready for production. We finalized the fit, form and function of LINKA but to move forward to the next step, we need to cover our mold tooling costs and minimum order quantities. We have all the relationships aligned with the right vendors and have done validation checks for manufacturing. We’re also stoked to get some feedback directly from our backers to make feature and design updates. This will allow us to bring you a beautifully designed high quality smart bike lock at the right price. 

Risks and challenges

Manufacturing a product is quite complex, even while shipping and communication in our global market seems to get increasingly easier. To prepare for fulfillment, we’ve reflected on our extensive experience in supply chain, quality and manufacturing, consulting industry experts and a team of top notch manufacturers.

We have high confidence in our supply, fulfillment plan and our manufacturers. These are manufacturers we have worked with in the past and developed great rapport and chemistry with over the years.
With that said, many unforeseen circumstances may still occur and we will do our best to proactively mitigate as many risks as possible to ensure on-time delivery to your door!

We promise to keep our backers informed with regular updates throughout the production process and we’re super excited for the day that you receive your first LINKA!

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