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General Education: This Is How Keys Work

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We are always trying to find topics on the very edge of technology. Sometimes we could do with a little bit of general education as well, don’t you think? The world is always going to invent new things, but without the common knowledge, it’s easy to fall behind. That is why I thought I would cover a topic that maybe not everyone understands. It’s something that is common practice in all of our everyday lives.  I am going to cover the topic of how keys work.

For many people, opening a door is as easy as breathing. You insert the key, turn it and the lock is unlocked. But that’s about where all the magic ends for people when it comes to how keys work. This highly technical solution for keeping our stuff safe all happens within the bolt itself. You may not see it, but there is a very intricate process to actually unlocking a locked door. It’s all comes down to how keys work.

You might be sitting there thinking there is nothing to it, but there definitely is. Understanding how keys work will give you a better understanding for why a broken tooth on a key will render the entire unlocking endeavor a complete failure. Each lock has a unique combination of rods that when aligned in the right way will unlock the lock. The alignment code is unique for each lock, which makes our doors as secure as can be. There are of course ways to “hack” an analog lock, just as there are with a software driven lock. All you need to do is find a way to figure out the alignment setup of the rods within the lock itself, and you can basically create your own key. However, this is easier said than done.



In this animated GIF, you can clearly see just how keys work. It’s a cut through view of how the process works and what makes the lock itself so safe. The could broaden your understanding when it comes to home security as well. Not everyone knows this intricate process, so hopefully this little mini explanation will render some useful information for you.

Explanation: How Keys Work

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Via: [Oh Gizmo!]

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Author: Richard Darell

Richard Darell is the founder and CEO of Bit Rebels, a multifaceted online news outlet that reports daily on the latest developments in technology, social media, design and everything geek. Today this media entity welcomes more than 2.5 million unique visitors per month and is considered the go to place for people in constant motion. As an Internet entrepreneur, he is dedicated to constantly trying to develop new ways to bring content faster and closer to the end user in a more streamlined way. His excitement for statistics has allowed him to further develop systems that continuously produce accurate and fast-paced analytics to better optimize the approach by which Bit Rebels presents news and content. His graphic design background has proven to be an important tool when designing new systems and features for Bit Rebels since the development of solid and stable code depends entirely on their structure and implemented procedures. Richard currently resides in Stockholm, Sweden and directs the Bit Rebels offices in both Stockholm and Atlanta. You can reach Richard at richard@bitrebels.com

One Comment

Diane Read

January 27th, 2013

Most of us don’t tend to think about how our everyday things work, we just get on with using them.. I agree with you that its interesting to stop for a moment, and take a look at how our everyday things around us actually work. And possibly this could lead onto new or even improved solutions in technology…

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