How To Pick a Lock Using Nothing But Hairpins

You can learn the basics of lock picking from a GIF, but for a more nuanced look at the techniques required to actually get a lock open without the key, check out NightHawkInLight's latest tutorial where he uses nothing but a pair of strategically bent hairpins in the process. » 3/05/14 1:20pm 3/05/14 1:20pm

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 1:40pm 12/02/13 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 12:00pm 9/26/13 12:00pm

KeyMe for iOS: Keep Your Spare Set of Keys in the Cloud

How many have you found yourself locked out, stuck with a visiting friend who has to wait on the curb cause you aren't able to get them a key yet, left out in the cold with a lost key and locksmith, or any number of other unfortunately common circumstances? As long as people use physical keys—we're going to run into… » 8/08/13 6:00pm 8/08/13 6:00pm

A Dog Owner Rigged His Door So That It Unlocks With a Bark

For everyone in the world whose heart has not blackened and shriveled beyond repair, nothing boosts your mood quite like a new family addition in the form of a dog. That is, until you have to wake up at the crack of dawn to let that needy, opposable-thumbless mutt out. But new dog owner and Raspberry Pi enthusiast… » 7/02/13 10:13am 7/02/13 10:13am

Hate Keys? You'll Never Have to Lock This Invisible Secret Door

If you're prone to losing your keys and finding yourself locked out of the house when you get home, you'll want to pay attention to this brilliant home mod by YouTuber oggfaba. Using hardware and lumber you can easily find at any home improvement megalopolis, they created a near invisible secret door that perfectly… » 1/24/13 1:40pm 1/24/13 1:40pm

How a Secret Sequence of Doorbell Buzzes Can Unlock Your Home

If you're tired of digging out your house keys when you get home, take a look at this brilliant workaround by Piet De Vaere. He hacked his doorbell to listen for a secret sequence of button presses that automatically unlocked the gate in front of his house. As long as you've got a great memory, you can shed a few of… » 10/01/12 3:40pm 10/01/12 3:40pm

Master Lock Dial Speed Review: For When Numbers Are Too Complicated

Was the last number 23, or 32? Wait, is this even my lock? If you've ever been late for class or stuck at the gym because of a frozen analog combo lock, you're in luck. With this digital directional lock, it doesn't matter if you can't memorize a string of numbers—but you still have to know your left from right. » 8/23/12 3:20pm 8/23/12 3:20pm

Unlocking the Master Lock dialSpeed Is Like Playing a Video Game

This Master Lock dialSpeed ditches the old combination wheels of yore and flimsy directional joysticks of two years ago for something more techy: an electronic directional interface that's more like a d-pad than a lock. You can customize the code, create multiple unlock codes and if you've forgotten 'em all, use a… » 7/17/12 5:00pm 7/17/12 5:00pm

We've Got a Bike Thief Here to Answer Your Questions

Even the best bike lock can't protect you from a professional bike thief. We learned that ourselves, when even Mario's amateur ass made short work of the best locks on the market. But we wanted to know how much more of a threat a seasoned pro represents. What tools does he use? What does he do with the bike once he… » 6/29/12 1:00pm 6/29/12 1:00pm