Yep, you read that correctly...
Here's the idea: upon attempting to tamper with a SkunkLock, a noxious spray is emitted which will make the perpetrator instantly vomit uncontrollably.
This is the dream of inventors Yves Perrenoud and Daniel Idzkowski. They've created a U-shaped lock made from carbon and steel, within which there is a hollow chamber containing one of three pressurised gases.
Bike theft is a major issue across Ireland, as highlighted by hilarious new Irish movie The Young Offenders.
Thieves often use electric saws to cut through locks – try pullin' that with the SkunkLock and gas erupts in the direction the tampering is coming from. The lock is not foolproof, it won't deter against lock picking.
The lock hasn't yet been tested out on an actual thief, but they have tested it on themselves and willing friends, and the results are similar to those caused by pepper spray – vomiting, dizziness and difficulty breathing.
The lock is still in trial stages, and whether it will even be legal in the EU is very doubtful. The claim the chemical used has passed compliance tests and is legal, and that its variants were designed to be compliant according to the varying rules of 50 states, major cities and EU nations.
Would you buy one?
H/T: The Guardian