Locksmith Technology Takes On A New Frontier

Posted on October 28, 2010 by Jaece Hogue

Technological progress is a wonderful thing. We, as modern humans, are in this day and age enjoying the greatest standard of living that our kind has ever seen. Every industry, from medicine to business to economics to manufacturing benefits from the almost daily innovations and advances in the way we fundamentally perform certain tasks. We have automated many aspects of our everyday lives and continue to strive for further automation where it is economically and commercially viable. Futurists believe that this era will be defined by the exponential leaps in technological progress that we have made over the past two or so decades. It is an exciting time to be alive, and it seems that every day holds a new step toward the great future we all wish for.

New technology allows us to enjoy things in a way that we have not previously experienced. Although it is a leisure activity, we can gauge technological progress and its ubiquity by seeing how it is applied to the film industry. With the release of several Pixar films and James Cameron’s Avatar, three-dimensional projection became more than just a passing fad, more than just child’s play. It has become the most popular and (as of late) the most economically advantageous method of release movies in theaters. 3-D is an exciting technology that, although it has drawbacks, is poised to become a future standard of film presentation.

What might this have to do with keys and locksmiths, you ask?

Well, for one, the advent of 3-D design and 3-D printing is upon us, and the prospects for future applications are both exciting and awe-inspiring. A 3-D scanning process is the first step for three-dimensional design and printing, and the prospects for this technology are amazing and could do wonders for the manufacturing industry. The locksmith industry looks to benefit as well: a 3-D scanner has been invented for vehicles that can scan the inside of a car’s lock. The scan results are transmitted to a capable computer, whereby the plans can be used to create a replacement key. Known as the Electronic Key Impressioner, the tool can only be currently used on older model Fords, and does not support transponder-model keys. A broader-use variation of the tool is expected within a few years. For 24-hour locksmith service in the Dallas/Fort Worth area, call A-1 Locksmiths at (972)-284-7500.

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