If you're always losing your keys, you need a regular place to put them. A bowl on a side table works, but is kinda boring, so why not make your own out of Lego?
The Yale lock company has developed a household lock equipped with NFC technology. Just place your phone by the lock and wait for it to respond by locking or unlocking the door. It's that easy, says Yale.
Keychains for single keys are a pain in the butt. Scott Amron's new Carabiner Key lets you just latch a spare key onto whatever the hell you want to latch it onto without going through hassle of an extra link.
It's tough to keep a gun drawn on a prisoner when the cell door lock requires two hands to open - that's where the Key Gun comes in. It's literally both a key AND a gun. Our friends at Oobject have six classic examples.
Apple software engineer Nirav Patel wanted to create something useful with his 3D printer, so he designed a system that generates any key from any lock from any manufacturer using just the lock code. Lol, what?
These smart cards are the actual keys to the Internet. There are seven of them and they hold the power to restarting the world wide web "in the event of a catastrophic event."
Whether it's "Officer, I was only going 90MPH" or "Honey, I can't get 'em off," sometimes you just lack a handcuff key. Fortunately, you can print one—if you happen to have a 3D printer, that is.
Instructables has a neat if dangerous tutorial on how to quickly make a key copy by tracing the metal from a Coke can. It's pretty obvious, and with that seed planted in your mind, there's probably no need to read the instructions.
What's more embarrassing for Charlie Murphy than having "Unity" indented on his forehead? How about Ctrl Alt Delete? It's too bad Rick James wasn't a geek, or else that story would have went down slightly differently for Darkness. $89 each.
We're not big boaters around here—we can kinda swim, but don't know how to breathe correctly—but the key buoy would still be super useful for us. Why? Because even though we don't go in boats, where this keychain has the most benefit by keeping your key on the surface of the water, we still manage to drop our keys in…
Unfortunately not a real product, this Russian-designed SpongeBob USB Drive looks like your kids' favorite character when empty, but fills up to a gigantic blowfish when full. Although cool, the concept doesn't make any sense. SpongeBob is a sponge, not a blowfish. Otherwise he'd be called BlowfishBob. Get it…
For those who are the least bit curious about the PayPal Security Key, take a look at Popken's video on the thing. Between throwing out racial slurs and making AIDs jokes, he shows you how the thing's supposed to work. Does it actually protect you against phishers? Watch and find out.
Want to be a total
nerd badass while gunning through your written computer science exam? Then cop one of these Tersumus delete-key erasers.
Remember that PayPal security key we told you about last month? The one that generates a random key every 30 seconds you're supposed to type in with your login in order to prevent fraud? Yeah, that's available now.
USB drives are handy—but dangerous. Drop one on the subway and the next day all of your naked pictures of you with your dog are on the Interweb, complete with snarky commentary. mSystems doesn't want that to happen to you.