Bicycle commuters who regularly ride at night would no doubt appreciate
having lights that could be left on their bike all the time, with little
chance of them getting stolen. That's why Fortified Bicycle Alliance
first introduced its Defender
headlight, which can only be removed using a specialized tool. Putting
out just 50 lumens, though, it's certainly more of a "be seen" than a
"see the road" light. That's why Fortified more recently introduced its
considerably brighter Aviator headlight and Afterburner tail light. We gave them a try, to see how they stand up to real-world use.
Jackie Wu and Ritwik Ummalaneni are aiming to give some tiny flying quadcopters a new job in home security. The idea is to have a Jackie drone linked to a home Wi-Fi network charged up and ready to patrol. Using a smartphone app, the home owner can remotely activate Jackie and fly it around the house to see what's going on with the help of video feeds from its onboard camera. It's still early days for the project, but a proof of concept prototype system has already clocked up some flight time and a Kickstarter campaign has been launched to bring the idea to life.
The keyless Bluetooth bike locks are now coming thick and fast ... relatively speaking. In just the past couple of years, we've heard about the Skylock
and Noke U-lock
. Now, the Kadalock has appeared on our radar. It differs from the others in that it's a cable lock, and it mounts on the user's existing water bottle cage.
The first time we ever heard about a padlock that can be unlocked by Bluetooth instead of a key or combination, it was the Noke
by FŪZ Designs. While it won't be shipping until this June, however, SafeTech Products' similar Quicklock will begin doing so next week – reportedly becoming the world's first Bluetooth padlock to actually reach consumers. We recently had the chance to try out an engineering sample unit.
It's kind of ironic that while many cyclists ride lightweight bikes, they still carry heavy-duty U-locks that weigh several pounds. In most cases, however, lighter cable locks can easily be defeated with a set of bolt cutters. That's why Prof. Neil Barron, a former aeronautical engineer, has created the Litelok. It's light and flexible like a cable lock, but reportedly stands up to over five minutes of attack from tools such as bolt cutters, jacks and hack saws.
It looks like the days of the password are numbered. Microsoft has announced Windows Hello, a new biometric authentication system launching with Windows 10 in the (Northern hemisphere) fall. It means you'll be able to unlock your computer with a fingerprint or a face, just as you can on today's flagship smartphones.
You know you're having a bad day when you wish you had a bulletproof laptop bag – as in proof against actual bullets. The Savior Multi-Threat Shield laptop bag unfolds into a shield that can stop a .44 Magnum round.
It's official – we are now living in the age of the keyless Bluetooth bike lock. We've already seen the Skylock
. Now, there's also the Noke U-Lock.
Last September we first heard about the one-off Yerka Project
bike, which was designed by three engineering students in Chile. Its clever feature was a frame that partially came apart to act as a lock. That way, any thief tempted to break its lock would be ruining the very bike they wanted, too. Now, its creators are attempting to bring it to market via an Indiegogo campaign.
Wheel theft is always a risk when leaving a nice bike parked in an urban environment. Cyclists can do things like removing the front wheel and locking it to the frame and rear wheel, or carrying multiple locks. Kryptonite's new Security WheelNutz, however, offer a quicker and lighter alternative ... with an interesting twist.