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Kitchen Safe protects your treats from yourself with a time-lock


June 19, 2013

The Kitchen Safe measures 6 x 6 x 6.5 in. (15.2 x 15.2 x 16.5 cm), which is large enough to fit a variety of items

The Kitchen Safe measures 6 x 6 x 6.5 in. (15.2 x 15.2 x 16.5 cm), which is large enough to fit a variety of items

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We all have our weaknesses, whether it's sweets, cigarettes, or just our own cell phones. The trick is to not indulge too much, but sometimes sheer willpower just isn't enough. That's why a team of inventors built the Kitchen Safe, a plastic container with a tamper-proof lock rigged to a timer.

It's a simple concept, but one that many people could use. The Kitchen Safe measures 6 x 6 x 6.5 in. (15.2 x 15.2 x 16.5 cm), which is large enough to fit a variety of items. The time-lock can be set for any amount of time between one minute and 10 days, so you can specify exactly when something will be released.

Once an item is locked inside, there is no way of opening the Kitchen Safe until the timer reaches zero. Even if the batteries are drained or taken out, the lock will stay sealed and the countdown will resume once they're replaced. Other than cracking the container open with a hammer, there's almost no chance of cheating.

The Kitchen Safe works fine in a refrigerator as well, but not a freezer, so you'll have to find another way to keep people out of the ice cream and Popsicles. The timer also requires two AA batteries, which should last about six months with regular use.

It's a safe bet that most of the people reading this can already think of at least one thing they'd lock away. The Kitchen Safe could help people avoid unhealthy food, lock up a child's toy for a fixed amount of time, or keep someone from spending too much money. There's even an opaque model in case you want to hide a gift for someone else inside.

The developers recently began a Kickstarter to bring the Kitchen Safe into mass production and hopefully into retail shops as well. Right now, anyone who backs the project for US$29 or more will receive one when they ship in September.

You can also watch the video below to hear the inventors describe how they developed the Kitchen Safe concept into a full product.

Source: Kitchen Safe, Kickstarter

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what's to keep you from emptying the container the next time it unlocks?

Dennis Siple

Dennis, good observation. You are correct in that the Kitchen Safe isn't designed to stop people from binge eating. Instead, it prevents us from impulse eating throughout the day or night. Keeping your snacks/junk food out of reach between meals can save you from unhealthy munching during the day; it can also help us avoid the unnecessary midnight snack.

Nick Tseng

I can definitely see the hammer option coming into play the first night. Save even more than the $29 cost - don't buy the snacks in the first place! No snacks, no temptation.

The Skud

I can see an excellent use would be to stop the biscuits from being raided by the kids. I know that as a kid I'd often eat my way through all the treats before my parents got home. I'd get in trouble, but not enough to discourage me from doing it again. If the treats are locked away until after the parents get home they can be more appropriately doled out. Yes, I was a fat tub of lard growing up and would have benefited from not having biscuits and cakes lying around in easy reach. I've since decided my health is more important than a biscuit, but kids just don't see things that way.


already been done... and a hammer won't do you any good. www.saturnsafes.com


@bobleblow: These are not the same kind of safes at all. The Kitchen Safe is about $30 compared to $150 and above for other safes - for starters. The Kitchen Safe also doesn't have a combination or key bypass, which many other safes do. I've looked for a safe like this for years and am about to purchase my second one. If you're afraid you'll use a hammer, maybe you should go to a more expensive option. This is a great safe if you can use it to put - whatever you're trying to use it for - away and know that it isn't going to open until the timer finishes. I love it and would recommend anyone try it. It's the least expensive option of it's kind. Good luck to everyone!

Lynn Aldridge

@The Skud - Too right! Think also people need to change, bartenders won't keep serving you drinks if they think you've had enough. So we could adopt that attitude to food outlets as well! (Oh dear I think I may have just done a Jeremy Clarkson...) Sorry sir, I think you've maybe had a few too many doughnuts...Come back when you're slimmer :-) Just a thought :-)

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