Sony turns to crowdfunding site to help it fund a smart lock that opens by using a smartphone

Sony turns to crowdfunding site to help it fund a smart lock that opens by using a smartphone
Sony has turned to Japanese crowdfunding site Makuake, to help it raise the funds needed to produce a line of smart locks it calls Qrio. The company behind the products is called Qrio Ltd., and is a joint venture between Sony and World Innovation Lab. Sony has been trying to fast track certain ideas that wouldn't necessarily fit under the Sony banner, by using sites like Makuake. This allows the Japanese manufacturer to limit its financial risk, and get products to market faster than they might have taken under Sony's usual process.

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



1. Malcolm.Merlyn

Posts: 160; Member since: Sep 28, 2014

2. vincelongman

Posts: 5691; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Yea, I have my doubts about Sony security now They couldn't keep their executives' and celebs private info secure (e.g. salaries, social security numbers, emails) So how can they keep our private info or houses safe But I hope they get it together, they make cameras, phones, PS4s,...

3. mixedfish

Posts: 1555; Member since: Nov 17, 2013

Yes, i'm sure your home will be compromised when North Korea goes around uploading worm hacks into Sony's cloud computers. Maybe you should take out those batteries, in case nobody breaks in.

12. vincelongman

Posts: 5691; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Doubt North Korea hacked Sony North Korea are very underdeveloped in terms of technology compared to the rest of the world If North Korea were capable of such a hack they would have been hacking other companies earlier, stealing even more data for example military blueprints/secrets

6. spiderpig2894

Posts: 597; Member since: Jan 10, 2012

They may be hacked but one article about this in The Verge said that the hacking was advanced enough to hack 90% of most systems globally. I don't know if I read it correct though.

9. milesboy5

Posts: 179; Member since: Nov 07, 2012

You did...and isn't that a scary thing to consider

10. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Everything today is not secure, not just Sony. Everything man made will eventually be hackable.

4. androiphone20

Posts: 1654; Member since: Jul 10, 2013

Yea, this space is still a little too fragmented and there is still no sign that things will change for the better. In the meantime, I think the Wemo does a great job connecting most appliances to the interwebs. I just wish we had an overall system that stands out so we can fully lay our bets on the IoT (man, those buzzwords also feel dated now :( )

5. rjmlive

Posts: 74; Member since: Apr 07, 2012

Um.. this sounds like.. Apple turns to Indiegogo to raise funds for a smart watch concept... Is it really that bad Sony? yikes.

7. AfterShock

Posts: 4146; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

Sounds like trying avoid liability to me Idk.

8. deewinc

Posts: 455; Member since: Feb 21, 2013

Great for locking out my girlfriend when an banging a side chick =D

11. Elfmonster unregistered

Look at that lock's big surface area. Hammertime. Having said that, I hope this works. This means in Iowa you could use your phone for your driver's license, door key, and credit cards. Buy the right keyless car, and you won't need a wallet or keys, just your phone, which you hope won't get mugged.

13. gehrig

Posts: 423; Member since: Apr 17, 2014

They're a big company, and they're asking us for help? Oh HELL no!

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