AirBolt, the tiny smart lock

AirBolt is a Bluetooth-enabled smart lock that layers a variety high-tech security measures into a system that you control entirely from your smart phone. The AirBolt smart lock is comparable in size to most old-school combination locks, but despite this small footprint, the device is absolutely stuffed with features that put the safety of your stuff back in your hands. The device comes with a rechargeable Li-ion battery that lasts a year and has a backup button unlocking feature that lets you unlock it when your iPhone or Android smartphone runs out of battery juice. The device connects to the smartphone via Bluetooth 4.2 and offers advanced security and privacy features.

The AirBolt lock pairs with your smart phone so that only you can unlock it when you’re within range of your luggage. An initial setup process lets you set distance controls to customize AirBolt’s many security measures. The lock’s alarm system, for example, can be set to go off if you get separated from your luggage, alerting you (and everyone around you) if you leave something behind or if someone walks off with your bag without permission. Without distance controls, AirBolt’s alert system still lets users sound the alarm manually if luggage goes missing unexpectedly or just gets misplaced.

If you lose or damage your smart phone, for example, AirBolt lets you log in to your paired account from another device to unlock your bag and reclaim access to all your security settings. If you’re worried that your smart phone might go missing with your stolen or misplaced bag, AirBolt includes a security PIN to prevent unauthorized access if your phone should end up in the wrong hands. Furthermore, AirBolt plans to employ a crowdsourced GPS network so that lost bags can easily be found by fellow travelers instead of sitting unclaimed in the back rooms of crowded airports. Any AirBolt community member will be able to ping the last known location of a misplaced bag if they were within range. For the crowdsourced GPS to work effectively, lost luggage hopefuls will either need to get very lucky, or enlist fellow travelers to join AirBolt so that the system can benefit from more hubs on the network.

AirBolt is designed to be fully-TSA compatible. Although the AirBolt can’t stop TSA agents from breaking into checked baggage, the lock’s use log makes it easy to see whether or not anyone has been snooping in the bag, even if it is within their rights to do so. And in countries where TSA regulations don’t apply, AirBolt settings can be adjusted for any individual trip so that your privacy is protected whenever possible.


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