Losing a generation of criminal masterminds means losing a wealth of knowledge of the physical world. These are experts in tinkering and misusing everyday objects. In order to know how physical objects function, the masterminds first need to know how the objects were constructed. Then they could truly subvert the object’s original intention. Lockpicking would be the most common and obvious example of this. For my final product design, I imagined a lock pick puzzle box piggy bank for kids to learn lockpicking and to develop analog skills at a young age.
My puzzle box piggy bank is a blown up version of the pin, tumblers, and lock picks. It is a giant simplified wooden keyhole with hand held picks to push up wooden pins. The driver pins and key pins are two sets of wooden blocks, differing in size. Kids must drop the key pins into the shafts first and then drop the driver pins on top. This causes the puzzle box to lock. Kids use the picks to push up the key pins through the keyhole in order to get the gap between the key pins and driver pins to match the shear line. Once cleared, the plug can be turned and pulled out, revealing a secret compartment drawer. I hope that with a puzzle like this, children can start to grasp the inner workings of locks and become better lock pickers faster. Working with our hands makes us smarter and helps us think three-dimensionally. It is important for kids to start grasping the mechanics of everyday objects at a young age before becoming sucked into the digital world of intangible objects.