November 06 2008 / by John Heylin
Category: Gadgets Year: 2009 Rating: 2
There’s two things an exploding bike lock will get you – a safe bike and a lawsuit.
Mike Lambourn, a product designer out of London, has built himself an exploding bike lock. Not exploding as in fire, but as in liquid. Inside the bike lock is compressed air and liquid which, when the wall is breached by a device such as a bolt cutter, shoots all over the place. As you can see from the video above it’s quite a spray, getting all over the bike, the ground, and especially the thief.
Why would you want to spray liquid all over everything?
It’s what’s inside the liquid that counts. “A bike that has been stolen will be covered in coloured dye (the dye renders the bike undesirable and therefore unsellable ) as well as transluscent Smartwater – an invisible forensic property marking liquid.” The hope is that the dye will mark the bike as stolen and UV scanners could pick up the invisible dye on thieves for police to arrest.
It’s a lawsuit waiting to happen. All we’d need it some thief to say the spray damaged his eye and the bike owner would have to pay damages (at least here in the US where you can get sued by a burglar for self-defense). It’s a nightmare waiting to happen. Of course if it was able to be legal, filling the lock with skunk spray would be far more enjoyable than forensic fluid.
This all reminds me of the South African car flamethrower.