A Breathalyzer Bike Lock Makes You Blow Clean Before Cycling

You might chuckle at the idea of a drunk cyclist, but since they often share the road with motorists, they can be just as dangerous as an inebriated driver. So if you don’t trust yourself to leave your bike locked up after having one too many, this bike lock will only open after you use its built-in breathalyzer. »8/06/15 10:29am8/06/15 10:29am

In 1851, A Man Picked Two Unpickable Locks and Changed Security Forever

The pursuit of lock picking is as old as the lock, which is itself as old as civilization. But in the entire history of the world, there was only one brief moment, lasting about 70 years, where you could put something under lock and key—a chest, a safe, your home—and have complete, unwavering certainty that no… »4/17/15 7:40pm4/17/15 7:40pm

Schlage's Bluetooth Lock Turns Your Smartphone Into Your Front Door Key

Even if you're the forgetful type who's always prone to losing their keys, there's a good chance your smartphone never gets misplaced. After all, how could you ever risk missing a single tweet or Instagram update? So Schlage is introducing a new electronic door lock called the Sense that adds Bluetooth alongside a… »1/06/15 9:00am1/06/15 9:00am

Remembering a Lock's Combination Might Be Easier With Pictures

With the amount of information they're expected to ingest every day during high school, it's a small miracle any student is able to remember the combination of their locker padlock. And it doesn't get any easier the older you get. So instead of numbers, the Image Lock uses simple shapes and images so you can just make… »11/28/14 7:00pm11/28/14 7:00pm

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 10:19am11/11/14 10:19am

Unlock the Past: How a 19th Century Lock Pick Changed Security Forever

In April 1851, Alfred C. Hobbs boarded the steamship Washington bound for Southampton, England. His official duty was to sell the New York City-based company Day and Newell's newest product – the parautopic lock – at a trade show – London's Great Exhibition. But Hobbs had something a bit more nefarious up his sleeve,… »6/10/14 6:20am6/10/14 6:20am

Skylock Is the Bike Lock of the Future, and It's Awesome

Bike locks, while incredibly necessary, are way behind the times. Even the best of them will break under brute force, and then where are you? Bikeless and alone. The new Skylock, from ex-Boeing and Jawbone engineers, is about to leapfrog the competition and bring bike protection into the 21st century. It looks amazing. »5/15/14 12:00pm5/15/14 12:00pm

An Ultra-Compact Cable Lock To Protect Everything Else You Own

When you're going about your day, it's not always just your bicycle that needs to be occasionally locked up. If you were studying at the library and came back from the bathroom to find your backpack missing, you'd be just as upset. So while incredibly compact Safe+ Microlock probably isn't ideal for your bike, it… »12/02/13 1:40pm12/02/13 1:40pm

Tiny Combination Locks Prevent Your Bike's Parts From Getting Pinched

The most expensive, most intricate bike locks you can buy are really only guaranteeing that your bicycle's frame doesn't get stolen. Everything else, from your wheels to your seat, are fair game if not taken with you or somehow secured. But that 'somehow' could very well be these clever Sphyke miniature combination… »9/26/13 12:00pm9/26/13 12:00pm