Kickstarter
Kickstarter

This High Security Lock Is Almost Impossible to Pick

Kickstarter
Kickstarter

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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Tom Etherington, Penguin Press
The Covers of Jack Kerouac's Classic Titles Are Getting a Makeover
Tom Etherington, Penguin Press
Tom Etherington, Penguin Press

Readers have been enjoying classic Jack Kerouac books like The Dharma Bums and On the Road for decades, but starting this August the novels will have a new look. Several abstract covers have been unveiled as part of Penguin’s "Great Kerouac" series, according to design website It’s Nice That.

The vibrant covers, designed by Tom Etherington of Penguin Press, feature the works of abstract expressionist painter Franz Kline. The artwork is intended to capture “the experience of reading Kerouac” rather than illustrating a particular scene or character, Etherington told It’s Nice That. Indeed, abstract styles of artwork seem a fitting match for Kerouac’s “spontaneous prose”—a writing style that was influenced by improvisational jazz music.

This year marks the 60th anniversary of The Dharma Bums, which was published just one year after On the Road. The Great Kerouac series will be available for purchase on August 2.

[h/t It's Nice That]

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Apple
Here's a Preview of the 70 New Emojis Coming to Your iPhone
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Apple

Get ready to add a whole new set of symbols to your emoji vocabulary. As CNN reports, Apple has released a sneak peak of some of the 70 new emojis coming to iOS in late 2018.

In February 2018, the Unicode Consortium announced the latest additions to their official emoji database. Software makers have since been working on customizing the designs for their own operating systems, and now iPhone and iPad users are getting a preview of what the new emojis will look like on their devices.

One of the most highly anticipated new symbols is the redhead emoji, something people have been demanding for a while. A curly haired option, another popular request, will be added to the line-up, as will gray-hair and bald emoji choices. Each of the new hair types can be added to the classic face emoji regardless of gender, but when it comes to specific characters like the bride or the jogger emojis, users will be limited to the same hair options they had before.

If Apple users ever want to express their inner superhero, two new super characters, a man and woman, will let them do so. They will also have new "smiley" symbols to choose from, like a party emoji, a sad eyes emoji, and a frozen emoji.

In the food category you have a head of lettuce and a mango, and for dessert, a cupcake and a mooncake—a festive Chinese pastry. New animals include a peacock, a kangaroo, and a lobster. The lobster emoji stirred some controversy in February when Mainers noticed the Unicode version was missing a set of legs. The design was quickly revised, and Apple's version is also anatomically correct.

These images just show a small sample of the emojis that will be included in an iOS update planned for later in 2018. Users will have to wait to see the final designs for other the symbols on the list.

New Apple emojis.
Apple

New Apple emojis.
Apple

New Apple emojis.
Apple

New Apple emojis.
Apple

[h/t CNN]

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