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A Breathalyser 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 breathalyser.


The Giant New Panama Canal Will Change The Global Economy (Again)

A few months ago, hundreds of tourists, sightseers and workers crowded into a deep canyon of concrete at the Panama Canal to witness another wonder of the world before it was submerged.


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 civilisation. 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 intruder could get to it.


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 glowing keypad allowing you to use your smartphone as a wireless front door key when your hands are too full to type.


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 up a story to help you recall its combination.


How A Lock Works Explained In One Perfect Cutaway Video

I’m a big fan of cutaway things, specially if they are real like this lock. It’s fascinating to see how machines and mechanisms work, with the little pins and springs moving to fit the shape of the key, leaving the barrel free to move when everything clicks.


In-Depth: The Current State Of Smart Locks

I’ve been following the smart lock market with great interest. There are some odd ideas, common mistakes and a lot of hyperbole, but also intrepid engineering, smart marketing and a level playing field. For the first time in decades there is serious public interest in locks and it’s pinging the historian in me hard. I’m going to provide some context, refute some dubious claims, and offer my opinion on what’s exciting, what’s overhyped, and what I hope is coming next.


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: This lock is not your friend.


Starwood Hotels Is Making Room Keys Obsolete Worldwide

On the heels of similar – but yet unrealized – plans from Hilton, Starwood is introducing a new app-powered, keyless entry program. In other words, your smartphone is now your key.


One Of The Most Bizarre, Yet Fascinating Mechanical Locks You'll Ever See

Locks are cool, right? They keep you and your precious things safe, prevent potentially-dangerous persons from enacting dangerousness and deter would-be snoopers from reading the thrilling page-turner that is your diary. But you can get more creative than just your basic key and tumbler, like this interesting (and rare) curiosity that features more curves than your average lock .


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