Korea’s digital revolution

"At the third stroke, it will be ten past four pm and ten seconds. Beep, beep, beep. At the third stroke . . ." That's what the British call the speaking clock and they've had it for years, but now you can buy a speaking lock. It's the GATEMAN Silky II, made by ASSA ABLOY's South Korean subsidiary iRevo, and it's an example of how the world of digital locks is coming up with plenty of new ideas. http://futurelab.assaabloy.com/en/koreas-digital-revolution/

The human touch

Jamie and Adam have been at it again. In an episode of MythBusters on the National Geographic Channel, the two technically talented skeptical program hosts successfully defeated a fingerprint lock. They stole a fingerprint from the authorized user and then copied it on to latex, ballistic gel, and even photocopy paper. The most they needed to do to make their copies work was to lick them to defeat the lock's "live-ness" parameters. The blogosphere was bubbling with scathing commentary for ages—comments like, "Amazing, two guys just blow millions of dollars of research out the window." http://futurelab.assaabloy.com/en/the-human-touch/