Self Bondage Time Lock

Header picture taken by numb3r : original link to flickr found here

So you want to tie yourself up! Easy! Getting loose… not so much.

Requirements

It turns out there are many different ways to set up a release mechanism for self bondage. A quick Google search turns up quite a few results: using the hour hand of a clock, having a cellphone vibrate a key off the table, using ice in a stocking or using a laptop’s CD tray. Unfortunately, all these methods seems very archaic. Most of these solutions have far too many issues to remotely be considered! Given the fact your life is on the line when you practice self bondage, we can’t imagine that any solution short of perfect should be adopted!

That being said, this page aims at developing the “best possible” self-bondage release mechanism which will have the following features:

  • The release mechanism should be set for a known amount of time.
  • All failure modes should cause the device to release. Any possible failures should be mitigated by a redundant system.
  • In case of emergency, immediate release should be made available (see next section).

 


 The Paradox

Lets begin with the obvious paradox brought on by the last requirement:

In case of emergency, immediate release should be made available.

Given the fact that we’re talking about self bondage which necessarily involves restraints, it wouldn’t seem very restrictive if you can get out of it instantly. Sure, you could enjoy the feeling of being tied down but for most bondage enthusiasts, the possibility of getting out would ruin the entire scene.

On the other hand, given the fact that most of us cherish our lives, we shouldn’t accept to compromise this feature. Things can go wrong very quickly. For this reason we need a system that allows us to get out whenever we want… at a given price. The concept the will be used for this project will be that of the “Mess Maker”.

Should you want to get out before the time is up, a mess will be made of your personal belongings. The consequent ruining a phone, a piece of furniture or an expensive carpet will deter you from attempting an early release if things only get a bit too intense. On the other hand, should your life be at risk, the cost of a new phone becomes the least of your worries.

Essentially, the idea will be to use a “Mess Making” device which only goes off when you call for an early release.

 Implementation

In order to meet these requirements, we have implemented and tested the three methods listed below. They are listed from simplest to most complicated.