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 7:00pm 11/28/14 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 10:19am 11/11/14 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 6:20am 6/10/14 6:20am

This Lock Disables Steering So Your Bike Can't Be Ridden

Most bike locks are designed to make it harder to remove your bicycle from a rack, and they're often an effective deterrent to thieves. But when bolt cutters render them useless, the Stemlock serves as an extra layer of security by preventing a freed bike from actually being steered and ridden away. » 5/15/14 4:00pm 5/15/14 4:00pm

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 12:00pm 5/15/14 12:00pm

This Mystery Bike Lock's Hidden Keyhole Makes it Un-Pickable

Picking a lock is surprisingly easy with practice. So the makers of this mystery bike lock came up with a brilliant and novel solution: bury the keyhole deep inside the lock mechanism. It's unpickable, because you simply can't get your picks into the lock. And it's got lock picking hobbyists stumped. » 4/26/14 5:00pm 4/26/14 5:00pm

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 1:40pm 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