WATCH | Cyclists will soon look at this revolutionary new bike lock to secure their ride. It's magic? A food-based chemical spray that induces vomit when triggered by a cut into its lock system.
The San Francisco-based project was created by Daniel Itzkowski. He came up with the idea after his friend's bike was stolen, which was secured at the time by one of the "top of the line" bike locks on the market.
The food-based chemical was engineered by a chemist that Daniel worked with. He first thought of an explosive spray, but soon realized there would be multiple legal ramifications for that. So he refined his idea and came to the power of skunk scent for the defense mechanism.
Bike thefts are a common crime in cities like New York, San Francisco and Portland. Luckily for bike thieves, the spray doesn't have a long-lasting effect, so there's no tomato baths.
So it was no surprise the project flourished and met its financial requirements once it was showcased on Indie Go Go.
You can read all about its technology on their website.