U-Lock - Design meets Destiny

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About

Hello Backers! 

We are Electronic Maniacs and this is our Inaugural Kickstarter! 

Thank you for taking time to view our Kickstarter page! 

Electronic Maniacs is a group of professionals, hobbyist and enthusiasts who love to innovate new things. We have been trying hard to bring something really useful to our day-to-day life. 

Door keys play a vital role in everyone's routine life. However there are those occasions where they can be just plain annoying. For example you might need to let a pal or contractor into your house when you are on vacation, give a relative access to your holiday home, or simply have lost your key!

                  But this is not the case anymore 

Through this kickstarter project, we would like to present you U-Lock a GSM enabled USB door locking system. 

What is U-Lock? 

U-Lock is GSM enabled device, which uses USB or phone to unlock your door. The U-Lock comprises of Faceplate and Electronic housing that are connected together. Faceplate comprises of USB Slot, push button and Status LEDs. The Electronics Housing encloses the GSM module along with MCU and door opening circuitry.

How does U-Lock work? 

Method 1:

The owner emails the encrypted code to the user and U-Lock gets updated with the access details. Now the user only needs to copy the encrypted file onto their USB flash drive and insert it in U-Lock to open the door. 

Method 2:

U-Lock rings the registered mobile when push button on the faceplate is pressed. The owner can talk to the visitor and unlock the door by pressing a number on their phone keypad.

Method 3:

The owner can simply send a text message to U-Lock to unlock the door 

Method 4 (Only when stretch goal is met):

The user can also manually enter the access code on the keypad provided in U-Lock to unlock it. Access Code could be used to set which days and times of the week users are allowed to have access.

Features in U-Lock:

  • USB Key to unlock your door
  • GSM features helps to access your door remotely with ease
  • Multiple access so that you and '5' of your family members can unlock the door remotely using GSM feature.
  • Could also be used to speak to the person outside/inside the house from any where 
  • U-Lock can revoke or add access any time to your door 
  • Faceplate components are easily replaceable    

Why Kickstarter?

Once we came up with this idea, we started developing our design. However we were in need of a platform to bring our product into reality. Hence we decided to start a kickstarter campaign for our innovative project. The raised money will be used for the production run and development of U-Lock.Successful funding will also serve as a morale boost to our team of engineers to come up with different innovation in near future. 

How long will it take? 

With prototype developed, every backer will be notified about the progress and development regularly. We have successfully implemented and tested the GSM feature for our U-Lock . We are currently developing a prototype to test USB key and Keypad* in our U-Lock. 

 Proposed plan 

Where we are?

We were working hard from day one. We have successfully developed and tested the GSM module along with relay for door unlocking. 

U-Lock GSM Prototype - Working Model
U-Lock GSM Prototype - Working Model

Completed Tasks:

  • GSM module for U-Lock successfully tested with the built prototype
  • Door actuator tested with the built GSM module
  • Initial development of U-Lock model enclosures

Pending Work:

  • Design and development of USB interface
  • Software development for USB interface
  • Testing the U-Lock final model
  • Cost-engineering for manufacture

Rewards

Stretch Goals:

  • Melody option in U-Lock
  • Key-pad interface in U-Lock
  • SD card to copy user preferred melody
  • 3D Enclosure design

*Stretch Goals pledge amount will be updated after successful funding

Weekly updates will be posted on this kickstarter page from the day when campaign starts till successful production. Separate blog site will also be created upon successful funding and regular updates will be sent over through email to all our backers. 

Upon successful funding (how sooner it will be),new stretch goals will be updated and our team will work hard to include any new features apart from what is being listed.

The Final version of U-Lock with all features will be notified to all our backers by July'14 and we would deliver your own kit by November'14

Risks and challenges

There are always unforeseen issues when developing a product in quantity. Generally in our experience these are caused by poor production techniques by 3rd party assemblers and delays due to component sourcing.

We are experienced at both of these in our professional life so know who to use and what components to use!

We always vow only to use components available from at least 3 standard suppliers and engineer a strategy for when manufacturers end-of-life IC's. For example with respect to MCUs we closely follow our vendor's roadmap so we can offer a direct functional or footprint replacement if and when necessary.

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    Support the Project. Little drops of water make a mighty Ocean.You will be mentioned as a supporter for the project in our proposed blog to be created after successful funding.

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    Pledge £10 or more About $13

    All the above and a set of U-Lock T shirt transfers, feature 3 designs and the slogan 'I support U-Lock'. You can Iron these on the garment (suit?) of your choosing!

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    Pledge £25 or more About $32

    A USB key with our LOGO "U-LOCK" on it. You will be also listed as supporter for the project in our blog to be created after successful funding.

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    Pledge £150 or more About $190

    *SPECIAL EDITION*
    You will get one U-Lock device tested and ready to be used. You will be provided with USB Key to use with U-Lock. Apart from this you will be provided with a CD containing 3D enclosures to suit your U-Lock.

    Not only this membership access to our blog to share your views,thoughts and ideas. (Estimated Retail Price - £200).

    If you want more than one U-Lock,just multiply the amount with quantity you need

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    Pledge £150 or more About $190

    You will get completely assembled U-Lock device tested and ready to be used. You will be provided with USB Key to use with U-Lock.

    Not only this membership access to our blog to share your views,thoughts and ideas.(Estimated Retail Price £200).

    If you want more than one U-Lock,just multiply the amount with quantity you need

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    Pledge £200 or more About $253

    *ULTIMATE KIT*

    You will get completely assembled U-Lock device tested and ready to be used. You will be provided with USB Key to use with U-Lock. Apart from this you will be provided with a CD containing 3D enclosures to suit your U-Lock.You will also receive one printed 3D enclosure to suit your U-Lock.

    You will be notified first on our next kickstarter project and will get an amazing offer for the next one.

    Not only this membership access to our blog to share your views,thoughts and ideas.

    Limited to only one per backer.

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