This Bizarre High-Security Lock Is Every Drunk Person's Nightmare

While some people are trying to reinvent the lock by eliminating keys altogether, others solutions, like the XPUZMAG from Taiwan, are going in decidedly different direction—by taking a traditional lock-and-key mechanism and just making it a thousand times more complicated. Warning to the belligerent drunk about town:… » 11/11/14 10:19am 11/11/14 10:19am

Lightsaber Replacement Keys: No Need to Use the Forced Entry

Despite what you think of the Star Wars prequels, or even the original films, lightsabers will always be awesome. And despite there being everything from lightsaber bbq tongs to glowing knitting needles already out there, how could you not welcome these lightsaber-themed replacement keys with open arms? » 9/30/14 10:27am 9/30/14 10:27am

Hit This Magnetic Bullseye and You'll Never Misplace Your Keys Again

Are you prone to losing your keys more often than you'd like to admit? You just need to settle on a specific place to put them every time you get home. And to make this routine enjoyable enough so that it becomes a habit, trying to hit this magnetic bullseye when you get home every night sounds entertaining enough. » 6/13/14 2:40pm 6/13/14 2:40pm

Neat trick instantly turns happy songs into sad songs and vice versa

Here's a fun little musical experiment from The Gregory Brothers. They flipped major and minor keys in popular songs to transform previously happy songs into sad ones and turn old depressing sad songs into happy ones. It sends your brain in a tizzy when you hear the words of songs you recognize but see them in a whole… » 3/26/14 11:02pm 3/26/14 11:02pm

A Key You Can Photograph Is A Key That Can Be Copied

If you take a picture of a car or house key, could you use that picture to get a copy made? Yes—quite trivially, actually. I have a folder on my laptop that is filled with photos people have taken of their keys and put onto the internet. Every few weeks, I take some idle time and associate one of those keys to an… » 2/13/14 4:20pm 2/13/14 4:20pm

An Emergency Lightning Cable That's No Bigger Than Your House Key

The makers of the ChargeCard—that wallet-friendly credit card-sized sync cable for smartphones—are back with a new product called the ChargeKey that's instead designed to hang out on your keychain. It's almost like a stripped down version of the ChargeCard that sheds most of the plastic so it can easily sidle up next… » 9/12/13 8:50am 9/12/13 8:50am

How to Harness Solar Energy to Make Your Own Post-Apocalyptic Keys

We all know the world's going to end at some point, and sure, maybe it's not entirely "likely" to happen anytime soon—but better safe than sorry. So assuming you've already been working diligently on your underground, radiation-proof bunker, what's going to happen when you need extra keys made with nary a (non-zombie)… » 8/26/13 2:40pm 8/26/13 2:40pm

Pistol Keys Were Once the Last Line of Defense For Prison Guards

Long before prison guards started carrying tasers, tear gas, and other non-lethal deterrents, they apparently relied on these cell door keys that also functioned as tiny one-shot pistols. They probably weren't lethal, but there's no doubt they packed enough of a punch to make an inmate very uncomfortable if they tried… » 8/22/13 5:22pm 8/22/13 5:22pm

This Personal Alarm Weaponizes Your House Key

A self-defense course will teach you how to use your keys as a weapon, but in practice, when you're under attack and panicking, protecting yourself with a keyring isn't as easy as it sounds. So the Hit, from Unikia, combines a loud audible panic alarm with a pop-up holder that turns a key into a switchblade that's… » 7/18/13 3:20pm 7/18/13 3:20pm

KeyMe: Store Your Keys In the Cloud, Never Get Locked Out Again

Whether you've got to deal with a crotchety landlord or a dopey locksmith, we can all agree that replacing lost or stolen keys can be a drag. KeyMe, a new service launched this week in New York, seems to have found a solution by storing your keys in the cloud and making them accessible via a kiosk 24/7. » 6/26/13 2:20pm 6/26/13 2:20pm

Goji: Here's Your Semi-Perfect Camera-Equipped Smart Lock

Smart Locks are now a thing. Believe it or not. UniKey arguably kicked off the whole craze last year when they appeared on ABC's Shark Tank, then Lockitron got some buzz with its latest iteration (though it did first pop up in early 2011) and just last week August launched its smart lock. This week its a… » 6/04/13 7:00am 6/04/13 7:00am

Here's Your Smart Lock of the Future, Today

In an ever increasing world of connected smart things, the most important home appliance, the front door lock, is just now getting automated. August, co-founded by Yves Behar and Jason Johnson, today announced the company's first product, a $200 lock aptly named Smart Lock. Now you never have to pull out your key or… » 5/29/13 8:15pm 5/29/13 8:15pm

Hilarious Car Key Hack Lets You Drive It Like You Stole It

If your daily commute has become mundane and boring, you can easily spice things up with this clever hack that makes it feel like you've just jacked someone's ride. All you need is an old screwdriver—the more worn it is the more convincing the effect will be—and a car key you're willing to hack to bits. » 4/30/13 10:58am 4/30/13 10:58am