TappLock: Padlock with Fingerprint Sensor That Wants to Forget The Use of Keys

The peculiar case of fingerprint sensors, for several years they appeared in our lives to integrate different devices, but that initial experience left much to be desired. With the passage of time, the technology was perfected and today we have various devices that make use of it in an efficient way.

But now we will know an interesting implementation in one of the objects that carry several decades among us, we refer to the padlocks, from whom we have seen developments that seek to take advantage of the use of the technology to make them more secure and simple to use, well, that’s the idea of its creators, since the first experiments have not been entirely satisfactory.

Remote and water-proof operation

A few years ago we met Noke, a lock that uses Bluetooth connectivity to our smartphone for its operation; later appeared PhiLock, another lock connected to the smartphone that allowed us to rent bikes. But now we see a different bet, that uses the smartphone with TappLock as a complement and not as main part.

TappLock is currently a campaign seeking funding at Indiegogo, and its main feature is that it leverages the use of a sensor FPC 1020, the same used on 7 Mate of Huawei, this as a tool for authentication instead of the classic keys.

Is presented in two models, a version of great size that integrates a (replaceable) 1200 mAh battery, which agree to its creators provides a range of up to three years, and is capable of serving as external battery to charge our smartphone. While the Lite version decreases its weight, size and autonomy up to six months, in addition to that does not have support for external battery.

In both cases, it has a design to waterproof and shock, the finger sensor, and Bluetooth connectivity, which allows for half an app give access to other users, being compatible with up to 100 tracks, within this app we can restrict and configure the access of other users either by hours, days or time periods. Its creators mention that unlocking takes place in 0.8 seconds and in addition to this, it has an audible alarm should someone try to break it.

Just four days that campaign started, they have already managed to overcome the goal of $40,000, asking in a home to jump-start the project. If you want to be a TappLock, the larger version is priced from $49, While the Lite costs 29 dollars, in both cases it is prices, limited to the first who support the campaign, since they will subsequently increase. Shipments are to the whole world and are scheduled for September 2016.