An Uncuttable Material Inspired by Abalone Shells

A new material called Proteus made from “ceramic spheres embedded in a cellular structure made of metallic foam” that’s believed to be uncuttable could revolutionize security. Inspired by abalone shells—which are composed of an essentially weak material that’s arranged in a manner that makes the shells super-strong—Proteus may be used in various ways, from bank vault doors to bike locks. After being tested with angle-grinders, …

Altor’s Foldable, Titanium Bike Lock

An engineering student crowdfunds a lightweight, convenient and secure option that clips onto your bag or belt

Manufactured out of Bethlehem, PA is a new alternative to the heavy steel U-locks that cyclists carry around grudgingly. Users seeking convenience in most cases have to sacrifice security, but Altor’s folding bike lock hopes to appeal to both. Made from Grade 5 titanium and weighing 560 grams (about 1.23 pounds), it has a patent pending three-piece joint that counteracts one of the biggest weaknesses …

TappLock

A smooth "open sesame" with just your fingerprint

New Toronto-based venture Pishon Labs offers two different padlocks that open with your fingerprint. Built upon a compact Fingerprints Cards AB FPC1020 sensor, the one-touch lock is certainly more convenient, if not faster, than traditional ones that require keys, a combination or even newer smart-locks that pair with phones. It’s also flexible: if you want to share the lock, up to 200 fingerprints can be …