Sony turns to crowdfunding site to help it fund a smart lock that opens by using a smartphone
The Qrio smart lock fits on top of your current lock, and requires no tools for installation. With Bluetooth 4.0 engaged, you use your smartphone as a "key" to unlock the door. Temporary spare keys can be sent to the phones of friends, family and even repairmen.
The crowdfunding has been a huge success. With 89 days left to raise the necessary funding, 170% of the amount that Qrio was seeking has already been pledged. Shipments are scheduled to start next May. Retail pricing for the smart lock is expected to be around $130, before tax. But if you head over to the sourcelink, you still might be able to get in on the ground floor and save 20% by pledging to fund the project, even though the desired funding amount has already been more than met.
Four CR123A batteries will go 1000 days before requiring a change. And with no tools needed to install the Qrio smart lock, even the most inept do-it-yourselfer will be able to use it to make their life a little easier. By the way, if you don't understand what everyone is saying in the video below, don't panic. You're not having a stroke. The video is in Japanese, although in this case the pictures really tell the story.
source: Makuake (translated) via Engadget