After facing the continuous problem of losing our bicycle lock keys and forgetting the combinations, The Lockness Monster was born. While keys and locker combinations are easily misplaced or forgotten, smartphones, due to their widespread use and mass appeal are much less likely to be lost. Even if lost, these phones are easily found with the new GPS technologies. Realizing the power of these devices, we pursued a solution using the new IoT technologies.
What it does
Currently, we have a prototype capable of locking and (almost) unlocking a bicycle. It uses a third-party app, available for iPhone and Pebble to provide seamless lock and unlock of use bicycles.
How we built it
Challenges we ran into
Throughout the entire process, we were burdened with new challenges. First, it was with the 3D printed parts as we didn't know if it was viable to expect them to finish within a day, but we lucked it out! We had issues with circuitry, physical connections, hardware choices, but step-by-step everything slowly came together. In the last hours, we ran into issues with our main motor which turned out to have a huge resistance, and making out project unworkable. However, by the end, we were able to take apart a few motors and fix our lock!
Accomplishments that we're proud of
We are hugely proud of getting through the different challenges we faced on every step, whether mechanical, electrical, or programmatic. And, we are proud of working as a team to make something cool!
What's next for The Lockness Monster
Bicycles are just the start. We plan for different applications for the Lockness Monster in the home, the car, and maybe one day, even your space ship!