DigiLock Smart Bike Lock

Consumer Electronics Design Award Winner.
Awarded Platinum for Good Digital and Electronic Devices Design.

DigiLock Smart Bike Lock
by Tong Jin (TJ) Kim

  • Awarded April 15, 2016
  • CLIENT: Purdue University / Industrial Design
  • 75.711

Bike riders face some common issues with the current bike lock solutions such as; losing keys, forgetting lock combination, sharing the lock, and thieves cutting the lock and stealing the bike. Digilock is a bike-lock with a built-in fingerprint reading technology, providing simple, easy, and more secure solutions to any bike commuter. The user can setup and charge the lock by connecting to a computer using a micro USB, adding multiple accounts for shared access, and setting the level of theft alert.

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DigiLock Smart Bike Lock

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Great Design by Tong Jin (TJ) Kim

DigiLock Smart Bike Lock

Great Design by Tong Jin (TJ) Kim

Inspirational Smart Bike Lock Design

DigiLock Smart Bike Lock

Inspirational Smart Bike Lock Design

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DigiLock Smart Bike Lock

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DigiLock Smart Bike Lock

Tong Jin (TJ) Kim

Designer of DigiLock Smart Bike Lock


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Interview with Tong Jin (TJ) Kim on DigiLock Smart Bike Lock

What is the main principle, idea and inspiration behind your design?
There are many great innovative technologies being introduced every year. We can add more value to them if we can help find better applications, making them more meaningful.
What has been your main focus in designing this work? Especially what did you want to achieve?
I want to see innovative technology to be more acceptable, adaptable, and approachable for everyday use by integrating it to something that we need in everyday life style.
What are your future plans for this award winning design?
It's in a development stage, need to make a lot more changes through evaluation and iterations to make improvements. I would like to build a business model around this product solution.
How long did it take you to design this particular concept?
I started working on this since 2013 and still going through many iterations to improve the concept.
Why did you design this particular concept? Was this design commissioned or did you decide to pursuit an inspiration?
I used live in Chicago, I saw growing numbers of bike riders in the city. They were always facing the same issue, securing the bike in the city environment.
Is your design being produced or used by another company, or do you plan to sell or lease the production rights or do you intent to produce your work yourself?
It is in the development stage, I would like to launch this in the market soon. It would be nice to find a partner to accelerate the process.
What made you design this particular type of work?
I am always looking for simple innovative solutions to improve our lifestyle.
Where there any other designs and/or designers that helped the influence the design of your work?
There are many great bike lock solutions in the market. I learned a lot by studying them and the designer's intent behind them.
Who is the target customer for his design?
College students and young professionals leaving in the urban lifestyle, commuting to school and work.
Which design tools did you use when you were working on this project?
I used many digital design tools and technology based tools to communicate and demonstrate the idea to others. I think sketching is the most effective design skill set that helped to accelerate the process.
What is the most unique aspect of your design?
Better application of the innovative technology that focusing on improving the core user need.
Who did you collaborate with for this design? Did you work with people with technical / specialized skills?
A lot of my friends are bike riders and commuters to work. Their inputs were most valuable guide to my design direction.
What is the role of technology in this particular design?
The technology enables us to improve the experience, making the experience to be more simple, making the process to be automated.
Is your design influenced by data or analytical research in any way? What kind of research did you conduct for making this design?
I looked at where and what applications that the technology is used and learn about pros and cons using it for the applications.
What are some of the challenges you faced during the design/realization of your concept?
Lack of my knowledge in the technology, but also don't limiting my creativity by learning more about them.
How did you decide to submit your design to an international design competition?
I am always looking for an opportunity to connect with others and I think winning a award from an international design competition is one of the best way to do so.
What did you learn or how did you improve yourself during the designing of this work?
I evaluating the concept with people's inputs make a big difference to the concept outcomes. Design is not about individual designer's desire, it is about understanding people's desire and expectations.
Any other things you would like to cover that have not been covered in these questions?
I believe in innovation process by connecting with others, learning what they know and collaborating with them.

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