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The DoorJammer helps keep doors from being forced open

If you're staying in a hotel that's kind of ... sketchy, then you might not be satisfied with simply locking your door when you're in for the night. You could wedge a doorstop of your own under it, but now there's a portable gadget that is claimed to work better – the DoorJammer.  Read More

The Next Gen Bike Rack is claimed to secure all components of a bicycle, using a single U-...

Have you ever noticed how sometimes even if there are slots available in a bike parking rack, some people will instead choose to lock their bike to a parking meter or sign post? This is because those racks aren't really conducive to securing the frame and both wheels, using a single U-lock. Montreal inventor Peter Krantz, however, has designed a rack that is.  Read More

The Lock8, in place and in use

With a regular bicycle lock, you secure it to your bike when you park, then just hope that everything will still be intact when you get back. Such is not the case with the bike-mounted Lock8, however. If anyone tries monkeying with it, a high-pitched alarm will sound, and you will be instantly notified on your smartphone. Should the thief proceed to steal the bike, you can use your phone to track its whereabouts.  Read More

The BitLock is a smartphone-activated bike lock

Consumers now have their choice of several smartphone-controlled door locks, which allow users to grant access to select people, and that automatically cause the door to unlock when a user approaches. San Francisco-based startup Mesh Motion has taken those same ideas, and applied them to a bicycle security device known as the BitLock.  Read More

Foldylock in use on the city streets

If you bike around the city, you know how important a good lock can be. That said, locks can often be a hassle to carry while riding. The Foldylock is designed to address this problem. It folds down small enough to be mounted on the bike frame or tossed into a bag.  Read More

The Sphyke C3N setup for quick-release wheels

There are already plenty of options when it comes to keeping people from stealing your whole bike, but what if you also want to guard against people stealing bits of it? Well, you could buy components that can only be removed with their own special tool, or replace all of your mounting bolts with ones that require a key to take off. Sphyke is now offering a third alternative – its C3N system replaces a bike's existing nuts and bolts with ones that incorporate a tiny combination lock.  Read More

The Recordura electronic door lock runs purely on electricity generated by users pushing o...

Smartphone-enabled electronic door locks such as the Unikey, Lockitron and Goji do have advantages over their traditional counterparts – digital “keys” can be sent to multiple users’ phones, access to locked rooms can be limited to specific dates and/or times for certain users, and keys stored on lost phones can simply be deactivated. However, as with just about any electronic version of a purely-mechanical device, they do introduce one complicating factor: they require a power supply. The Recordura lock, however, generates its own electricity when users push on its handle.  Read More

The keypad and backup key area for the Deadbolt

Can a lock be more than just a device designed to let you in and out of your home and prevent others from doing the same? Well technically speaking, no it can't, but it most certainly can do a lot more than just open and close with a key. Schlage's Camelot Touchscreen Deadbolt is an example of this. While at its core it is an apparatus designed to keep intruders out of your house while letting you in, the touchscreen and internet connected features go a long way towards making it more useful. How does it actually work in everyday life? Keep reading to find out.  Read More

The Kitchen Safe measures 6 x 6 x 6.5 in. (15.2 x 15.2 x 16.5 cm), which is large enough t...

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.  Read More

The Goji Smart Lock is controlled by a smartphone and automatically sends the owner an ema...

The days of mechanical locks may be numbered as Wi-Fi- and Bluetooth-enabled smart locks continue to evolve with devices such as the Lockitron and August Smart Lock turning a smartphone into a wireless key. Unlocking a door with a smartphone from anywhere in the world is convenient by itself, but with the Goji Smart Lock you can instantly know when someone opens your front door and even see who it is.  Read More

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