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This High Security Lock Is Almost Impossible to Pick

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Today, discussions about home security focus on surveillance technology and ways to stay connected to your property—but what about the actual hardware? Brothers Ryan and Tyler Bowley of the Bowley Lock Company launched a Kickstarter project to fund the production of a new door lock that will thwart all robbers with conventional lock picks, no matter how skilled they are.

In standard locks, the pin tumbler is located just inside the keyhole, so when the grooves of your key come in contact with them, the tumbler turns and unlocks the door. Unfortunately, that means that burglars can use lock picks to mimic the grooves of a key and turn the pin tumbler. The Bowley Lock is designed with a unique shape that shields the pins so that lock picks can't reach them, and only the specially designed key can angle its way to the shielded pin system inside.

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"In order for a tool to reach the pins in the Bowley Lock, it must be shaped like a reverse fork, similar to the key," the Bowley brothers write in the "How It Works" section of their website. "The key can only translate about one-sixteenth of an inch and that applies to the pick as well. Because of this limited stroke, you cannot reach more than one pin with any single pick. That means you would need five individual picks in the lock at once."

The lock has also been designed to prevents what is called bumping, where torque is applied to a "bump key" with a hammer. The Bowley brothers have decided not to share the secret of their anti-bumping mechanisms online, but they do demonstrate the security of the key in the Kickstarter introduction video (below). 

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These LED Crosswalks Adapt to Whoever Is Crossing
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Crosswalks are an often-neglected part of urban design; they’re usually just white stripes on dark asphalt. But recently, they’re getting more exciting—and safer—makeovers. In the Netherlands, there is a glow-in-the-dark crosswalk. In western India, there is a 3D crosswalk. And now, in London, there’s an interactive LED crosswalk that changes its configuration based on the situation, as Fast Company reports.

Created by the London-based design studio Umbrellium, the Starling Crossing (short for the much more tongue-twisting STigmergic Adaptive Responsive LearnING Crossing) changes its layout, size, configuration, and other design factors based on who’s waiting to cross and where they’re going.

“The Starling Crossing is a pedestrian crossing, built on today’s technology, that puts people first, enabling them to cross safely the way they want to cross, rather than one that tells them they can only cross in one place or a fixed way,” the company writes. That means that the system—which relies on cameras and artificial intelligence to monitor both pedestrian and vehicle traffic—adapts based on road conditions and where it thinks a pedestrian is going to go.

Starling Crossing - overview from Umbrellium on Vimeo.

If a bike is coming down the street, for example, it will project a place for the cyclist to wait for the light in the crosswalk. If the person is veering left like they’re going to cross diagonally, it will move the light-up crosswalk that way. During rush hour, when there are more pedestrians trying to get across the street, it will widen to accommodate them. It can also detect wet or dark conditions, making the crosswalk path wider to give pedestrians more of a buffer zone. Though the neural network can calculate people’s trajectories and velocity, it can also trigger a pattern of warning lights to alert people that they’re about to walk right into an oncoming bike or other unexpected hazard.

All this is to say that the system adapts to the reality of the road and traffic patterns, rather than forcing pedestrians to stay within the confines of a crosswalk system that was designed for car traffic.

The prototype is currently installed on a TV studio set in London, not a real road, and it still has plenty of safety testing to go through before it will appear on a road near you. But hopefully this is the kind of road infrastructure we’ll soon be able to see out in the real world.

[h/t Fast Company]

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Here's How to Turn an IKEA Box Into a Spaceship
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Since IKEA boxes are designed to contain entire furniture items, they could probably fit a small child once they’re emptied of any flat-packed component pieces. This means they have great potential as makeshift forts—or even as play spaceships, according to one of the Swedish furniture brand’s print ads, which was spotted by Design Taxi.

First highlighted by Ads of the World, the advertisement—which was created by Miami Ad School, New York—shows that IKEA is helping customers transform used boxes into build-it-yourself “SPÄCE SHIPS” for children. The company provides play kits, which come with both an instruction manual and cardboard "tools" for tiny builders to wield during the construction process.

As for the furniture boxes themselves, they're emblazoned with the words “You see a box, they see a spaceship." As if you won't be climbing into the completed product along with the kids …

Check out the ad below:

[h/t Design Taxi]

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