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CrowdFunding Marketing and promotion Sony Tries Crowdfunding (Again) for Qrio Smart Lock

posted Jan 22, 2015, 11:17 AM by David Khorram

Qrio Smart Lock

If at first you succeed, try crowdfunding again.

At least, that appears to be Sony's motto at the moment. Fresh off its success with crowdfunding its to-be-launched e-ink the Fes Watch, the company is back to generate more support for a new device, the Qrio Smart Lock.

As of press time, Sony had already blown past its fundraising goals—again—raising more than $20,000 in a crowdfunding campaign whose initial target was about $13,000. Early backers can pre-purchase the smart lock for about $95. If you want to buy two, the price jumps up to $190, but there are plenty of these two-packs still available.

According to the Wall Street Journal, Sony is hoping to get 1,500 orders for the device in total via this crowdfunding campaign; it currently has just over 200. That's a bit under Sony's target but, again, the project is fully funded at this point (and then some).

Qrio Smart LockThe smart lock is, as you might expect, pretty similar to how most other smart locks work. Install it, and you'll be able to lock and unlock your door using your smartphone. On Sony's iteration, you'll also be able to share an encrypted key with others via your smartphone—messaging them through Facebook, for example.

Of course, that brings up about 100 different security concerns. And we don't have the answers just yet, especially considering Sony's descriptions and videos are in Japanese. It also doesn't help that Sony isn't exactly the most trusted name right now as far as "security" goes, given all the issues that Sony Pictures has been having with its computer systems as of late.

Details about release dates and availability have also not yet been revealed.

For more, see PCMag's review of the August Smart Lock.