A Blog By Lattis

Ellipse Now Shipping

Ellipse Now Shipping

We’re thrilled to announce that Ellipse has started shipping from our California fulfillment center to customers throughout North America. Shipping to international customers will begin in March 2017. We'd like to take this opportunity to thank all of our customers for your incredible support, immense patience, and valuable feedback. To our valued customers still awaiting delivery, please be assured that we’re working hard to fulfill all outstanding orders as fast as possible.  As soon as your order is shipped, we'll send you an email so you can track Ellipse all the way to your door. Ellipse Global Shipping Schedule for Existing Orders (Subject...

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Hold the iPhone: Introducing the Ellipse App

Hold the iPhone: Introducing the Ellipse App

The Lattis team is proud to reveal the Ellipse app! With it, you’ll be able to fully utilize the Ellipse lock and all of its powerful features.      We’ve been working on this app around the clock for months, and it’s full of little things that make it user friendly, intuitive, and secure. Here are a few of the main features that we think you’ll love: Lock/Unlock: your Ellipse with a tap of your phone. Enable proximity auto locking/unlocking: just snap the shackle into the lock bar and walk away. Receive Theft Alerts: when your bike is being tampered...

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Introducing Lattis

Introducing Lattis

It’s exciting times over here. We’re on our way to Interbike, the biggest bike trade show in the U.S. Mass production is underway and our first batch of locks will be heading out the door next month. For those of you have already pre-ordered, we will be in touch later this week to confirm your shipping addresses in order to deliver your pre-orders. As we enter this next chapter, we want to do so with a name that we can build on for the future. So today we’re announcing a change. Our company name is now Lattis, and the product...

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Skylock Pre-order Delivery Update

Skylock Pre-order Delivery Update

In our last update, we were finishing up the final design for Skylock as part of the Design Validation Test (DVT). Since our last update, we have been working hard on validating the production process, namely Production Validation Testing (PVT). This process involved timing workers at each station and running the production line at full scale for a short period. We are happy to announce that we have now successfully completed the PVT and confirmed that the our manufacturing process can produce a consistent result in an efficient way. Skylock PVT Final Assembly Looking at the latest manufacturing schedule, Mass Production...

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Finalizing Skylock Design

Finalizing Skylock Design

In our last update, we were just beginning the Design Validation Test (DVT) for Skylock. This run was built using tooled parts, and was done to ensure that the units looked good cosmetically and all the parts fit well together. During DVT, we had parts off of our molds and had a chance to see how everything fit together, build a number of pilot units, and run tests to ensure that it all worked as planned. We ran a sample set of these parts through our rugged test plan, and we’ve made a few changes in order to improve the...

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How the Lockbar Sleeve is Made

How the Lockbar Sleeve is Made

Skylock’s unique lockbar sleeve serves two purposes. The first purpose is to provide an interface for the capacitive touch pad, which can be used to unlock your bike in case your phone dies. Letters are debossed on the inside of the sleeve and when backlit by the LEDs, a touch interface appears. When the LEDs turn off, the interface disappears, leaving the lock inconspicuous. This type of interface is called a “deadfront” display and is visible only when it’s needed. The second purpose of the sleeve is to protect your bike. The silicone rubber sleeve has a super soft texture,...

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Beta Program and New Delivery Schedule

Beta Program and New Delivery Schedule

The excitement is building here at Skylock HQ! Over the past month, we’ve made some incredible progress in the manufacturing process and are just about ready to deliver Skylock to you, our patient and faithful supporters. In fact, as the final stages near, we’ve been able to lock down an updated delivery schedule for our pre-order customers and are looking for beta testers to try out the first locks that will come off the assembly line soon. If you’re interested in lending a helping hand, read on to find out how you can get involved. We’re almost at the finish line....

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Skylock Springs into the Final Stages of Manufacturing

Skylock Springs into the Final Stages of Manufacturing

Since our last update, the team has been in Asia working with our manufacturer refining the tooling for Skylock. The shackle is one of the most unique and important pieces in the production of Skylock. In production forging, a thick rod of 4140 Chromoly steel is heated to 2200°F (1200°C), is pre-bent to the general shape of the shackle, and then placed between two extraordinarily hard steel dies that have the bottom and top halves formed into open faced molds. The hammer (a piece of capital equipment roughly the side of a house) slams the dies closed with forces measured...

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10 Facts About Bike Theft Every Cyclist Should Know

10 Facts About Bike Theft Every Cyclist Should Know

See full image Bike theft can hit anyone at anytime. It doesn’t matter whether you’re living in a booming metropolis or a sleepy village, thieves are everywhere and they want your ride. As a company who specializes in the prevention of bike theft, we believe that the combination of a great lock and some knowledge about how to avoid thefts altogether can go a long way. We created this infographic, which compiles “10 Facts About Bike Theft That Every Cyclist Should Know”, to help fellow cyclists arm themselves with the knowledge needed to avoid the pitfalls. We hope it’s useful...

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Seed Funding Raised For Skylock

Seed Funding Raised For Skylock

Jack and Jeremy of Team Velo Labs/Skylock visit Quanta in Taiwan Recently we received some great news about the future of Skylock. We’re happy to announce that we’ve partnered with several investors and manufacturer to help develop and bring Skylock, the world’s smartest bike lock to market. To learn more, read the press release below: Velo Labs, creator of Skylock, the smart solar-powered, Bluetooth connected bicycle lock, is pleased to announce a $1 million fundraise to bring the next generation product to market. This seed series is led by DSCN Capital and Mesh Ventures. To call Skylock a “bicycle lock” is...

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Onwards with DVT

Onwards with DVT

Since finishing our EVT (Engineering Verification Test) we’ve been focused on getting ready for the next phase, DVT (Design Verification Test). In this latest phase of production we’ll be making 50 Skylocks and running them through a battery of tests. We’ve already done some testing. In the video below you can see the Skylock being ran through the Skylock IPX4 rain test. This test ensures that no harmful effects come to the Skylock from water being splashed from any direction for 5 minutes at a flow rate of 10 liters per minute, with a pressure of 50–150 kPa.   Here...

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Winter Cycling Guide PT.3: How To Stay Safe

Winter Cycling Guide PT.3: How To Stay Safe

There are two types of cyclists in the world: Those who put their bikes away come the fall and those who keep on trekking throughout the winter. Think you have what it takes to stay on your bike year round, but don’t know where to start? In part three of our three-part series, we give you essential tips for staying safe while cycling in the winter. Keep The Lights On The winter is dark. When we’re in the thick of it, sometimes it can feel perpetually so. That’s why it’s doubly important to invest in a good set of lights...

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