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The Ellipse smart bike lock in action

Does a smart bike lock make your bike more secure than a dumb one? Kinda.

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Lattis Ellipse smart bike lock

Lattis reinvented the bike lock. The Ellipse smart bike lock has no keys and uses solar power to charge.

Read the Lattis Ellipse smart bike lock review.

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Ellipse app

It connects to your phone via Bluetooth which allows you to lock and unlock the Ellipse.

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Ellipse app

The Ellipse app works on both iOS and Android phones.

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Ellipse keypad

The keypad on the side can be used if you don't have your phone.

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Ellipse smart bike is small

Getting the lock through my frame and wheel while closing it around a rack was always a challenge. Though the small size made it easy to pocket.

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Ellipse vs. Kryptonite

Here is the Ellipse and a yellow Kryptonite New York lock. I wish Lattis had an option for a longer shackle like Kryptonite does.

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Share your Ellipse with friends

You can share access to your Ellipse with friends. Sadly during my months of testing, my invited friends always ran into an error when trying to connect.

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Premium construction

It has military grade construction, including a dual-locking mechanism to secure both sides.

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Lattis Ellispe notifications

On the left is a message my friend received when the crash detection was triggered. In the middle and right, are a screenshots of the Ellipse app when it detects a crash.

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Crash and theft notifications

It can send theft alerts to your phone up to 800 feet away (around 245 meters) -- great for coffeeshops, bad for office buildings.

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Premium price

The lock costs $199 which converts to £160 and AU$270.

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Lattis Ellipse smart bike lock

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