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Smart Bike Lock Features Breathalyzer

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We imagine that if you’re going to the lengths of buying a smart lock that won’t open unless you’re below the legal drinking limit, you are aware that you have a problem. Well, good on you for doing something about it, although we’re not convinced this particular product is the perfect answer. The AlcohoLock immobilizes your bike and keeps it that way until you’ve completed a breath analysis, clearing you of excessive amounts of booze. If you fail the test, not only will it not open, it’ll also alert a designated family friend and give them the option to remotely unlock it should they see fit. We imagine that when trying to quit, having someone to be accountable to is a good idea. But to have to pay $250 for an aluminum lock, one which needs batteries that require regular charging, well… that just seems like an annoying and unnecessary expense; perhaps avoiding taking your bike out when you know you’re going for drinks might be the better option?

[ Product Page ] VIA [ Engadget ]

The Haven Smart Home Lock Prevents Your Door From Opening, No Matter What

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Break-ins are unfortunately on the rise, especially given how easy to obtain some lock picking tools have become. The Haven system hopes to fight back with a clever system of its own. It’s a solid plate that bolts to the floor directly in front of your door (on the inside, of course), and which features an electronically actuated lift gate that completely blocks the door when activated. It can be raised or lowered through a smartphone, either voluntarily or automatically as you get near. Better yet, should you want to grant access to someone while you’re away, you can log in and remotely lower the gate, since the unit is WiFi enabled. Made from steel, glass reinforced nylon and aluminum, the Haven system can stand up to kicks, battering rams, sledge hammers and more. And if the idea of bolting it to the floor doesn’t sit well with you, it can also be installed using a special 3M VHB Command Tape, which can withstand up to 3,000 lbs of tension.

Currently getting funded on Kickstarter, a $269 pledge will get you one.

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[ Project Page ] VIA [ ThisIsWhyImBroke ]