May 17, 2010
| by Stephen Hopkins
If I had a dollar for every time I’ve missed the keyhole and gouged a trench in my front door’s paint ... well, I’d probably have about $20. Unfortunately, that’s not quite enough to fix the damage done and also won’t buy me any additional hand-eye coordination either. If the stars align, those woes could all be a thing of the past.
Pulling from the why-didn’t-I-think-of-that catalog comes the “new-age keyhole” which incorporates an ingenious v-shaped channel to guide your wobbly key on-track and into the slot. This is still just a design concept, but maybe the folks at Schlage or Stanley will figure they could sell a lot more of these than iPhone-controlled, finger-print reading, retina-scanner locks.
Being an engineer in a former life, I agree with others that have commented on the design’s susceptibility to water, dirt, and debris. Maybe this is right up the alley of indoor-access apartment and condo dwellers or at least those with deep porches.
I guess there’s always a price to pay for one’s natural lack of gracefulness.
[via CNET Crave]
Stephen Hopkins is chief technology editor for EH Publishing. He writes product reviews, features, and focuses heavily on 3D TV, iPhone and iPad apps, and digital content.