Sony is crowdfunding ‘again’, to fund a smart lock that uses your smartphone as a key
Crowdfunding seems to have become Sony’s latest hobby. After its FES smartwatch, Sony has again turned to Japanese crowdfunding website Makuake to help them raise the funds to produce Qrio smart lock.
The device requires no tools for installation and easily fits on top of your current lock. You can open the door with your smartphone using Bluetooth 4.0 and users can also share temporary keys with friends, family, or even to a repair technician.
The Qrio smart lock isn’t the first of its kind. Another San Francisco based startup sells an aluminum-brushed smart lock called Qrio for $279.99. But this Sony’s Qrio will be available only for $95 (for early adopters only) and company also claims it will not require any tools for fitting.
For Sony, crowdfunding on both the occasions has been a huge success. Sony has raised over $28000 for the Smart lock till now. The campaign has reached its goal and now company has more than the amount it needs to fund production costs. Shipments are scheduled to start May 2015.