Awesome Stuff: Lock It Up
from the safe-not-sorry dept
This week’s awesome stuff is all about security, but not of the “cyber” variety. No, we’re taking a look at some brand new takes on good old fashioned locks.
Lock Your Mail!
Though technology has drastically changed the role of snail mail in the world, that doesn’t mean the latter can’t benefit from the former. The wi-fi enabled Smart Mailbox is designed to offer convenient security (it locks and unlocks via smartphone app) and plain old convenience (it can notify you inside when new mail has arrived). And despite American preconceptions about us not even bothering to lock our doors, it’s being made in Canada! The project has only just launched, so it remains to be seen if it will come anywhere close to its $50,000 goal.
Lock Your Bike!
Speaking of local locking habits, they seem to swing wildly from place to place. In some cities, locking up a bicycle isn’t enough — some enterprising thief will strip it of its precious wheels. If you live in one of those places, you might benefit from the Nutlock system, which builds extra security into the nuts and bolts of the bike, literally:
Some cities, however, are the exact opposite — people don’t even need to bother locking their bike to a rack or post, instead sticking with the token gesture of locking the frame to one wheel, because who would steal a bike they can’t ride away on? If you’re lucky enough to be a cyclist in such a city, the ultra-compact VIER lock might be for you:
Lock Your Locker!
It’s back to school season, which I imagine is like Christmas for combination padlock manufacturers. But if the nearly $400,000 (at time of writing) raised by the Bluetooth-activated, smartphone-controlled Noke is any indication, people are getting a little tired of the old standard.