Electro-Permanent Magnet Lock

UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA

AME 503 - ADVANCED MECHANICAL DESIGN

I led a team of mechanical engineering students to design a new bicycle lock that improved the user experience of securing a bicycle and reduce bicycle theft. We analyzed market potential, generated a functional hierarchy, ideated design concepts, and refined our design with the House of Quality. Our design relied on a built-in system of sensors and electronics that would automatically lock and unlock the bike wheels using electro-permanent magnets as the user left or arrived at their bike. This mechanism was paired with additional electronics that reduced theft and made stolen bicycles easier to track.