This new bike lock can stop thieves by making them vomit

By midian182 ยท 10 replies
Oct 21, 2016
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  1. Ever had a bike stolen? It’s something a lot of owners have experienced. Even with expensive bike locks in place, many people have found their prized possessions have been swiped, with thieves able to cut through U-locks in minutes using handheld electric saws. But a new locking device promises to stop criminals by making them vomit uncontrollably.

    San Francisco-based Daniel Idzkowski and Yves Perrenoud, who told Venturebeat they both had bikes stolen in the past, came up with the idea for the SkunkLock after “a friend park[ed] his very expensive electric bike outside a Whole Foods, and then went to have lunch and chat. We went out and his bike was gone.” Idzkowski was especially angry that the two $120 locks hadn’t stopped the thief, according to The Guardian.

    The experience led to the pair creating “the lock that fights back.” The hardened medium-carbon steel U-Lock is pressurized inside with noxious chemicals so harsh, they almost always induce vomiting. If that isn’t enough of a deterrent, they can also cause temporary blindness and make breathing difficult for the criminal, who by now is probably regretting his chosen occupation. Once in this debilitated state, it’s highly unlikely any thief would try to make a getaway on a stolen bike.

    The SkunkLock doesn’t contain any electronics and it’s legal in the US, mainly because it falls under similar regulations as pepper sprays. It’s also safe for owners – the gas will only erupt when someone cuts about 30 percent into the lock, which would require an angle grinder. The inventors say the gas is effective through the most “robust” gas masks.

    The SkunkLock is currently in the middle of an Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign. With still a month left to go, 44 backers have raised over $5000 toward the $20,000 target. Early bird specials offer the lock from $99, with an estimated shipping date of June 2017.

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  2. VitalyT

    VitalyT Russ-Puss Posts: 3,671   +1,960

    Just so, cattle zapper into the belly does the same, only much faster, you'll puke your guts out.

    And yeah, a good weekend to you all. Don't try it at home, it can also cause a heart attack ;)
    Last edited: Oct 21, 2016
  3. we save the cattle prod for the thieves we catch...
    Phr3d likes this.
  4. rvnwlfdroid

    rvnwlfdroid TS Booster Posts: 177   +41

    Ah yes, I can see the lawsuits already.
    Wendy Oltman likes this.
  5. Adhmuz

    Adhmuz TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,829   +634

    There's already a solution to getting your bicycle stolen... Top Gear
    Amet Monegro and wastedkill like this.
  6. Uncle Al

    Uncle Al TS Evangelist Posts: 3,358   +2,006

    Ahhhh .... the passive / aggressive approach, but I would be a little concerned if you put your bike in a bike rack that had quite a few of them .... that could be less that advantageous to everyone involved. I also wonder to what extent they will text the noxious chemicals to prevent accidental impact on anyone. I can see it now "Man files 1 million dollar lawsuit for exposure to hazardous chemicals while steeling a $500 bike. Personally, I think a more safe approach would be to put a 250,000 volt capacitor that discharges when being cut. Not only would this discourage thieves you will finally believe that Superman motto from the first movie, "You will believe a man can fly" ... nuff said!
  7. madboyv1

    madboyv1 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,473   +377

    I guess the advantage is the noxious smells/chemicals linger for a bit while the capacitor is a one shot and immediately done. *shrug*
    wastedkill likes this.
  8. GyratingIndy

    GyratingIndy TS Rookie

    This... should be interesting.
  9. Uncle Al

    Uncle Al TS Evangelist Posts: 3,358   +2,006

    A good point, but at that voltage and seeing a man flying across the area probably will attract enough attention that lingering smells won't be necessary. My 2nd choice was the old dye packs like banks use, but if there are more people and bike around they probably don't want to be redecorated .... of course I could be wrong! :)
  10. Phr3d

    Phr3d TS Guru Posts: 404   +84

    Shuddup an' take m' money!

    (I do like the near-certainty that at the least the capacitor-solution should Permanently disable the tool that allows the snail-shyt-eater to so quickly cut through the lock - my CS-Mace [some will recognize the reference] stink-bomb Won't do that)
  11. Wendy Oltman

    Wendy Oltman TS Booster Posts: 129   +16

    Or as I'd like to mention, I spy with my eye something beginning with the letter 'L' :)

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