About this Project:
How great would life be if you could enter and exit through your sliding patio door? Would that be a better way to get to your car? And back in with groceries? Take the dog for a walk? Bring your bike into your apartment after a ride? Let yourself in when you forgot your keys? Or even to let a friend in when you’re not home yet?
Padio Systems founder, Bruce White, didn't realize how much better life should be either... until he was inconvenienced one too many times... by a sliding patio door. With his first home it was bad enough... he couldn't find a good solution but he coped. When his second home had the same problem, he lost it! His sliding door was generously giving him a clear view of his car out back but he couldn't use that door to go anywhere. There was no way to securely lock and unlock sliding doors from the outside. When he returned with groceries he couldn't enter through that slider... even though he could see the kitchen through the door. He had to go around again. Truth be told... Bruce is convinced that his sliding patio doors were taunting him.
Finally fed-up, he created PaDIOLOK to solve his problem, which was also our problem. Now PaDIOLOK is set to liberate us, the world, from our sliding doors too! PaDIOLOK is the first and only 2-way, keyless lock for existing or new sliding patio doors. Finally, your slider can be a fully functional, totally convenient, secure entry and exit door. No key necessary!
PaDIOLOK is Liberating because:
Thanks to its innovative locking mechanism, PaDIOLOK allows you to lock and unlock your sliding door from the inside and the outside. The keypad transforms your slider into an entry and exit door without the added hassle of an additional key. Program multiple codes for your children, cleaners, and even temporary codes for visiting guests.
PaDIOLOK is much stronger and more tamper resistant than standard sliding door locks. Its high strength resists prying and lifting. SuRF and FLuX include a patent pending superior latch that drives two locking shoes securely in opposite directions behind a tandem hook fixed to the jamb.
It’s Safe and Easy to Use:
PaDIOLOK makes locking and unlocking your slider so much easier. In an emergency such as fire or invasion, your family will be able to exit quickly. You’ll also lock your sliding door more often. It’s easy for children to use, giving your family a safe, reliable way to enter and exit your home without a key.
The Design Process
For two years, the team spent countless hours perfecting the usability and safety of their patio door lock design. They worked through 3 full design concepts, comparing and testing the 3 prototypes against each other, until they had the best product possible. Of course the lock needed to be far more secure than standard locks, universal, and easy to install. But to deliver a dramatically superior solution, a lock that liberates, the team relentlessly ensured that it also be convenient, 2-way and keyless.
The PaDIOLOCK Models:
Since there are many door styles and sizes, PaDIOLOK is configured into three models to accommodate them:
MoRTY is for sliders which have an existing, functioning latch mortised into the edge of the door stile. Like this one but it can have either a single or double hook:
MoRTY bolts on through the same holes that were used to secure the current handle. You will leave the existing mortised latch in place and MoRTY will take over its operation. From the inside you will always be able to lock and unlock him without a code, even if his battery dies. From the outside you will need a code to enable the lever and to be able to unlock the door. MoRTY is very flexible and will fit almost any mortise latch style slider (we haven’t found a door he won’t fit yet)!
Installed MoRTY will look like this on your door:
To be absolutely certain he will fit your slider, see the MoRTY Fit Guide to walk through a couple measurements.
SuRF is perfect for replacing the typical latches found on aluminum-framed sliders, which have a simple lever-hook pivoting within the interior handle like this mounted onto the inside surface of the frame.
Below, SuRF is pictured installed onto a typical aluminum-framed sliding door. Aluminum-framed doors most often require SuRF because she includes a unique highly secure latch to replace the inferior lever-hook that will be disposed of when the existing handles are removed. SuRF's latch can’t be jiggled open and will resist very high prying forces.
To be absolutely certain he will fit your slider, see the SuRF Fit Guide to walk through a couple measurements.
Flux is for replacing your existing Flush Style Latch that is let into the inside face of the door stile. Flux might seem a bit camera shy at first but we don't to take up space with repetitive photos.
FLuX looks the same as Surf when installed so we will not repeat those pictures. In fact FluX and SuRF could be considered identical twins as they are the same except for a unique hidden interface plate that lets them adapt to the different mounting situations. FLuX fits sliders which were fitted with flush mounted latches and when installed Flux provides the same two way convenience, security and safely. See the Flux Fit Guide for more details.
The Core PaDIOLOK Development Team
As a sophisticated electro-mechanical product, PaDIOLOK has required expertise in many disciplines to bring it to this pre-manufacturing stage. The team members are all experts in their own fields and have enjoyed working together to create the perfect solution.
Next Steps to Bring PaDIOLOK to Life
We’re excited about how far we’ve come with PaDIOLOK, and that we’re now ready to share our passion project for a better sliding door lock with you! Our next steps are very straightforward. First, we’ll tweak the design for manufacturing. Replacing bolts with rivets etc. We'll have the molds and dies made up. Then we'll do a tiny production run and we’ll test those first units. After making necessary adjustments, then it’ll be on to a full production run.
All combined, our core team has brought about a dozen products through the manufacturing process with contract manufacturers. We’ve secured satisfactory quotes for PaDIOLOK’s parts and production, from several of those same companies. We’ve already even worked with one as it made the run of prototype parts for us. Now all we need is your help to bring PaDIOLOK to life! Your backing will allow us to finance the initial manufacturing tools and first production run.
Our team is fully committed to PaDIOLOK, and we’ve already committed years of work and a lot of personal financing to bring this project to the point we’re at now. We’re thrilled to have you on board to help create the best keyless patio door lock. In return you’ll be liberated from the constraints of your sliding glass door, allowing you to enjoy your home and pool-side vacations more than ever!
Wireless / Z-Wave Enablement? - it's just a matter of when
While developing PaDIOLOK, we fell in love with making it both two-way and Keyless. We love all the convenience that those two capabilities give you. Most of you will be completely happy with these two advancements... for years. The primary Kickstarter funding goal is for that base product with those features without Z-wave.
However, as we created awareness of PaDIOLOK, the interest and demand for a wireless option has been overwhelming. We like Z-wave because its an established standard. You can automate your entire home using it. You won't need a different app for every different lock or appliance in your home. Its also got the best chance to last for many years and thus protect your investment.
So... as part of this campaign, we will ensure that the base product will be up-gradable for a fee. You will be able to upgrade it at your home, without even uninstalling the lock from your door.
STRETCH GOAL: Further, we will add a Z-wave capability option to this campaign if we hit our stretch goal of $150,000 CAD.
So if we hit the stretch goal, for every $40 CAD that your pledge exceeds the minimum pledge for that reward, we will upgraded and deliver a Z-wave enabled lock. This will push out your delivery date a month or two. If you are a backer we will be in communication with you as the campaign proceeds so its best to back us ASAP for the base model you want and get the best deal on that and then increase your pledge to get Z-wave when that option is added.
How great would your favorite hotel / motel be with PaDIOLOK on walk-out rooms?
As incredible as it sounds, PaDIOLOK can even improve your vacation. For free!
This is our favorite way for you to back us as its Pure Crowd Power. No cost. Just leveraging your knowledge and your enthusiasm to help.
Simply visit the link at the button above. Let us know about a hotel, motel etc. which has guest rooms with sliding glass doors that walk-out to a pool, beach or amenities. We'll be super grateful.
Then we'll go to work. We'll contact and work with their management to try to get PaDIOLOK there. That's good for you, good for the hotel, for other guests, and also great for us. It's a Win - Win - Win - Win. How awesome is that! Go crowd power! .
Just say No to 'walking around!' and Stomp out 'leaving unlocked!'
Risks and challenges
The product development is done. Many hurdles and risks associated with that process are now behind us. Manufacturing remains and with it will be some new challenges. These will be mitigated by the fact that our team members have been through this before with the very manufacturers we are likely to use again.
We have several credible contract manufacturers available to us depending on final volumes. Having alternatives lessens risk. We have visited and met with four competent companies. Any of them could take on PaDIOLOK's manufacturing, and we have secured acceptable references, quotes and pricing from them. In fact our core team have personally and professionally shepherded several products through manufacturing with these very companies with excellent results and well over 10,000 units produced. While there are always challenges, we are confident that PaDIOLOK will be successfully manufactured by our team, working with our selected vendor, within cost that will enable us to deliver on the promised rewards and then even set us to take PaDIOLOK to market.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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