After putting the FES Watch out for crowdfunding to test the waters, Sony has put up another product. The device in question is called the Qrio Smart Lock, and what it does is, it enables you to control door locks with the help of smartphones. Also Read - Sony PS5 to be restocked on July 26 in IndiaAlso Read - PlayStation 5 going on a diet? Retailer leaks lightweight PS5 in works
Just like the smartwatch, this new Internet of Things (IoT) device too is listed on crowdfunding site Makuake, and Sony told WSJ, that they were looking for feedback from gadget lovers. The product page states that one of devices key features is that it allows you to share encrypted keys via smartphones. Therefore you can just share the key with your friends and family, and avoid getting up to open the door every time someone knocks. Also Read - Xbox Series X/S could get PlayStation 5 inspired controller upgrade in future
Sony hopes to garner up to 1,500 orders and the first 200 who pay $95 will receive a prototype, while later donors will have to offer $101. The retail price is expected to be $125. Sony conceptualized the device with the help of World Innovation Lab (WIL), and confirmed that they plan to launch it officially, later this month. WIL will provide 60 percent of the capital and Sony the rest.
A similar kind of smart lock was created by a San Francisco company called August Smart Lock. However, August requires a screwdriver, while Qrio requires no tools.