About this project
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No Key. No Problem.
Keys have been used to open locks for centuries. But keys have the same problems today as they did back then. They are easy to lose, they can be stolen, they are a pain to share, and if you share them, you must get them back. Sharing combinations has its own set of issues.
At FŪZ Designs, we thought it was time to put those problems behind us, so we created Noke. By using Noke and your smartphone, you'll always have easy access to all the important things in your life. In addition, you'll be able to share access to your possessions easily, safely, and securely.
How It Works
We designed Noke to be the simplest electronic device you own. Once you've downloaded our iOS or Android app, Noke automatically finds and pairs to your Bluetooth 4.0 enabled smartphone. You can name your Noke and even give it a photo if you like. That's it.
To unlock Noke, simply press the shackle. Noke wakes up and searches for your phone or a shared phone. If the phone is within a few feet, Noke will instantly unlock so you can be on your way. No need to launch an app or remove your phone from your pocket or purse.
If you have a specific reason to limit the range or turn off the auto-unlock feature, you can do this within the app. In order to unlock with the auto-unlock feature turned off, you can simply press unlock button in the app or use Quick-Click code. This will allow you to lock your phone in a locker or stand near your lock without fear of it being unlocked. You can also set up push notifications in the app if you'd like to know when Noke is being opened.
Optional Cable and Bike Mount
You will probably want to use Noke on your bicycle, so we created a custom chain and bike mount to neatly and securely attach Noke to your seat post. Available for only $20.
Protect Your Things
Once you start thinking of all the places you'll use the Noke, you'll be glad to know we have discounted pricing for multi-unit orders.
Using our iOS, Android or Windows Phone app, Noke allows instant and secure sharing. You can choose permanent, one-time, or custom settings. Need to give Johny access to your locker while you're on vacation? With Noke, it's no problem.
Noke is great in an office environment. In addition to granting access on specific days and times, you can use the history function to track who is using your Noke and when.
Quick Click Access
What if you forget your phone or your battery dies? With Noke, it's no problem. Our patent-pending Quick-Click technology allows you to create a custom access code. If you're ever without your phone, simply key in those clicks and your Noke will instantly unlock for you. You'll never worry about being stranded again.
Attractive. We designed Noke to look as good as it functions with a body the same size as an ordinary padlock but with subtle curves and bevels to complement its aesthetic. The compact size allows Noke to be used anywhere you'd use a traditional padlock.
Strong. While Noke is an incredibly attractive device, we also made it strong. Using hardened steel and boron, Noke will stand up to the toughest environments. Noke also uses the latest in anti-shim technology so you need not worry about thieves trying to use a shim to open your lock.
Water Resistant. You're sure to use Noke in places where it may get wet, so we removed any external buttons and added four silicone gaskets to keep the water out.
Long-Lasting Battery. All these features would be useless if you had to worry about the battery. So we packed Noke with a long-life battery that will last over a year of normal use. If you use Noke infrequently, it should last a few years. If you need to replace the battery, this can easily be done without the use of any tools.
Security. Noke uses Bluetooth 4.0 which contains the highest level of security. Bluetooth 4.0 uses a 128-bit AES CCM encryption algorithm and we've added our own PKI technology and cryptographic key exchange protocol to ensure Noke keeps your valuables safe and secure.
Long before it's time to replace your Noke's battery, you will receive notifications through the app. To replace the battery, simply unlock Noke and twist off the back cover. It's easier than replacing the batteries on your remote control.
In the unlikely event you let the battery completely drain, we've added a simple way to "jump-start" your Noke with an external battery so you can unlock your Noke, open the back, and replace the battery. This ensures you'll never have to worry about being stranded with a dead battery. Take a look at the image below to see how we will allow you to jump start Noke. All you need to do is press the replacement battery against the contact points and it will allow you to open Noke and replace the battery. No tools, dongles, wires, or adapters to lose. The contacts will be covered with a silicone insert to protect the contacts from the elements.
We spent months researching how existing locks work. We took several apart and learned what makes them strong, what makes them vulnerable, and how they could be improved. We used this knowledge to create the worlds's most advanced and secure padlock. It wasn't easy, but we think you'll love the results. A padlock that works as hard as you do that's also simple enough for anyone to use.
We've already spent months developing, testing, tweaking, and retesting the hardware, firmware, and app for Noke. Now, we just need your help to make it to the finish line. We've already chosen a manufacturer we've worked with several times in the past. We will continue to improve the final elements of Noke and the iOS, Windows Phone, and Android apps. Tooling will follow shortly thereafter.
We will then send production samples of Noke out for external beta testing and torture testing for strength and water resistance. Once we feel 100% sure we've nailed everything, mass production will begin and we expect to deliver Noke to you in early 2015.
Compatible with iOS devices that have Bluetooth 4.0 hardware and running iOS 7.0 or later (including iPhone 4s or newer, iPod Touch 5G or newer, iPad 3G or newer, iPad minis).
Compatible with Android devices that have Bluetooth 4.0 hardware and running the Jelly Bean (4.3) or Kit Kat (4.4) or higher versions of the Android operating system (including Samsung Galaxy S4 or newer, HTC One or newer, and several more).
Compatible with Windows Phone devices that have Bluetooth 4.0 hardware and running Windows Phone 8.1 or newer.
FŪZ Designs was founded by David Gengler and Cameron Gibbs to create exceptional products for today's electronic devices. Utilizing a rigorous design and development methodology, FŪZ is positioned to create innovative solutions for today's demanding consumers.
Formerly the Director of Product Development at ZAGG and inventor of the ZAGGmate and over a dozen other audio, keyboard, power, and gaming products, David has several design and utility patents and patents pending. His products have received numerous rave reviews and awards including 4 CES Design and Engineering awards. These products have been featured on CBS, ABC, NBC, Fox, and the Oprah Winfrey Show.
Cameron has more than 11 years of leading businesses in the consumer electronics industry. As a product and marketing manager, Cameron helped grow Sewell Direct to become one of Utah's fastest growing companies in 2006. As Senior Product Manager at ZAGG, Cameron led the development and delivery of many award-winning products including the company's first wireless speaker and family of power products.
Together, Cameron and David combine design, engineering, and execution talents that make them uniquely qualified to deliver on projects like this.
EverDock, Our First Kickstarter Project
When we lanched the EverDock on Kickstarter, we were absolutely blown away by the reception we received. The Kickstarter community was such a tremendous support and we are excited to do it all over again. We work hard to make your experience with FŪZ Designs a positive one. See what our backers are saying.
Elie, "This is by far the best and most successful project I backed on KS."
Vittorio, "Simply the best KS campaign I ever seen. Product awesome, outstanding comunication and support... nothing more to ask! Well done guys!!!"
HMC, "Short & sweet whatever FUZ Designs creates BACK IT!"
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Risks and challenges
As former product developers for a publicly traded company, we know what it takes to deliver a great product on time. We have spent months designing, testing, and refining the design. We've already selected the manufacturer and started some basic tooling. The samples you see in the photos and videos work great and look fantastic, so we won't need to waste time tweaking the design.
However, every project carries with it certain risks. The most common risks are potential delays in tooling, obtaining raw materials, packaging, and shipping. While we feel like we have reduced these variables as much as possible, they can never be completely eliminated.
We feel our experience and familiarity with our manufacturer and the product development process gives us a unique skill set in handling unexpected problems. Most importantly, we will make sure to give frequent updates about progress so you'll always be informed about the status of the project. We think you'll find our transparency to be a breath of fresh air.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
You may purchase Noke at www.fuzdesigns.com
Noke is compatible with iOS devices that have Bluetooth 4.0 hardware and running iOS 7.0 or later (including iPhone 4s or newer, iPod Touch 5G or newer, iPad 3G or newer, iPad minis).
Noke is also compatible with Android devices that have Bluetooth 4.0 hardware and running the Jelly Bean (4.3) or Kit Kat (4.4) versions of the Android operating system (including Samsung Galaxy S4 or newer, HTC One or newer, and several more).
Compatible with Windows Phone devices that have Bluetooth 4.0 hardware and running Windows Mobile 8.1 or newer.
The Noke app will show you battery level each time you use it. We will also give you warning a couple months before the battery gets low. However, if the battery dies we have included the ability to "jump-start" your Noke with an external battery to allow you to unlock Noke, open the back and replace the battery.
Noke uses Bluetooth 4.0 which contains the highest level of security. Bluetooth 4.0 uses 128-bit AES CCM Encryption algorithm to ensure transmissions are encrypted and secure. This is significantly stronger than older Bluetooth devices.
Yes, in addition to standard Bluetooth encryption, Noke employs the latest in PKI technology and uses cryptographic key exchange protocol to keep your communications with Noke secure.
We will finalize the battery selection over the next couple months but it will be a standard watch battery that is easy to find at retail.
Noke uses Bluetooth 4.0 which contains the highest level of security. Bluetooth 4.0 uses 128-bit AES CCM Encryption algorithm to ensure transmissions are encrypted and secure so hackers can't access your Noke.
We also intend to put Noke through rigorous testing for both water resistance and strength. We will use hardened boron for the shank and have already incorporated anti-shim technology in the locking mechanism. We will keep you updated on the standards testing as the project progresses.
Yes, you can easily disable this feature in the app. This can be useful in situations where you might want to lock your phone in a locker or where you'll be close to the lock. To unlock, you can just click a button on the app. If your phone is in a locker, you can use Quick-Click.
The cable is made from braided steel rope and it will be approximately 6ft or 2m long, 3/8in or 10mm thick, and about 1lb or 450 grams in weight. The mount will add a couple oz or about 60 grams.
Yes, the app will be free. It is an essential part of the product.
Simply disable auto-unlock OR turn off your phone OR disable Bluetooth on your phone and then use Quick-Click to open Noke when you return from your workout.
Yes, there is a slider in the app that allows you to shorten the range for auto-unlock.
Yes, you may continue to listen to your tunes while unlocking your Noke protected bike. Bluetooth 4.0 allows multitasking without any problems.
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