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Post Wed Jun 03, 2015 3:26 am


Came across a post on this in another forum this evening. Does anyone know any more info about it? Maybe how the internals of the lock work or where to buy one from?


Looks like a novelty to me and it might have won awards but its no good if the lock its is made of Swiss Cheese.


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Post Wed Jun 03, 2015 5:17 am

Re: UrbanAlps

Having read several, this link is definitely the most detailed outline of this key I've seen. Still waiting to see a more thorough explanation of what 'mechanical elements contained within the key' actually means, though...

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Post Wed Jun 03, 2015 8:25 am

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The FAQ says there will be a kick starter late this year, with possible entry into some European markets in 2016.

I want one in a Padlock!!! :drool:


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Post Wed Jun 03, 2015 11:55 am

Re: UrbanAlps

Very cool. Definitely would love one. No doubt about it.

Love the "almost impossible to duplicate" claim :D Which one is it? Impossible or possible? :D

Some insight into the internal of this key can be seen in the second vid in the article.


It's very cool to see a new system coming out that's not dependant on an electronic element or authorisation, but still I do wonder how susceptible such a closed key would be to dirt, grit, or even pocket fluff/ junk. The key looks dead chunky too. Which is always a big user turn-off.

Very cool. Many thanks for sharing that.

I bet there's locksport guys working flat out to obtain a few examples, and work out a vulnerability to this tech. No doubt. They'll nail it soon enough with something totally cool, I'm sure.

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Post Thu Jun 04, 2015 12:58 pm

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Very very interesting. Glad that startups are innovating on mechanical lock systems (instead of boring iterations of the patent-hoarding, oligopolistic companies).

Couldn't imagine how secure the lock would be against physical attack... I imagine that there would be a weak point in the lock with a thin "pole" interacting with the hidden track??
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