Sony is working on lock unlock with smartphone




Sony in collaboration with World Innovation Lab launched a crowdfunding campaign to get feedback on a new project. The so-called QRIO Smartlock should make it possible to unlock doors via a smartphone app.

The idea is that people with their smartphone can open a locked door. A physical key is therefore superfluous. An app makes contact with the lock and then the user can open the door. The associated security codes can be exchanged with other people, so writes The Wall Street Journal. It is unclear to what extent the system is vulnerable to burglary.

Sony is working on the project together with World Innovation Lab. This organization provides reportedly takes sixty percent of the power required and Sony than the remaining part of his account. The first two hundred donors can buy for 11,250 yen a prototype, converted about 76 euros. The final sale price would be around 15,000 yen, or more than 100 euros.

It is not the first time that Sony has launched a crowdfunding campaign. In November, it became clear that the Japanese company under a pseudonym on a crowdfunding site helped raise money for a watch of electronic paper. Sony wanted so find out if there was enough interest in the project and the company did not directly link his name to the project.

Sony is incidentally not the first company to develop such a lock. As exists for instance the August Smartlock and in the Netherlands QKey devised.

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