Sony looks to crowdfund its new smart lock project

By Justin Kahn
Dec 12, 2014
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  1. While certainly not the first of its kind, it looks as though Sony might be putting a new smart lock on the market. The massive electronics company will be looking to crowd-fund its new Qrio Smart Lock project on Makuake.

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  2. drjekelmrhyde

    drjekelmrhyde TS Booster Posts: 187   +43

    I need a shot of whatever Sony is drinking right now. Why not just get a $30 Kwikset with keypad, deadbolt, Smartkey, and Bump Guard.
    /No one will hack you or ground your flight over bomb threats
  3. tipstir

    tipstir TS Ambassador Posts: 2,383   +105

    My GF got me one of these you have mention. Just press lock and it's lock. Then when I return home I punch in my code the deadbolt opens I am almost in.

    I like SONY electronics but this lock system using your tablet or smartphone has some drawbacks.
  4. s0urce

    s0urce TS Rookie

    Access denied, please use a Sony Approved device to unlock this door.
  5. madboyv1

    madboyv1 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,321   +263

    Considering all the security breaches Sony as a whole has been experiencing... I find this project is kind of ironic and unappealing...
    H3llion and cliffordcooley like this.
  6. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 8,430   +2,822

    If it was a small time company, I'd say "They need crowdfunding to increase their own security".
  7. JakeT

    JakeT TS Member Posts: 74   +20

    Hello 911, I've just been hacked and entered.
  8. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 6,335   +1,937

    Instead of wasting their money on a dead loss gadget why not waste other peoples money? Way to go Sony.
  9. In the next pawn2own, it will be hacked with an orange, two screwdrivers and a Rapsberry Pi.
    SalaSSin likes this.
  10. This what will happen when you trying to unlock it with your phone

    "please replace your handset, it so yesterday"

    Microsoft Lumia:
    "access denied, unable to verify the device, please put Nokia logo on your device, then try it again"

    "unable to access, please update your os first"
    after updating
    "unable to access, please only use device with android os"

    Samsung Galaxy S X:
    "unknown device detected, failed to connect, please only use authorized Sony device to unlock it"

    Sony Xperia Z2:
    "outdated Xperia model detected, please only use the latest model of Sony device to unlock it"
  11. yRaz

    yRaz TS Evangelist Posts: 1,824   +874

    "I have this idea and we probably have enough money to fund it, but lets eliminate the risk and do it with other peoples money instead of our own just incase people don't want it"

    "you're on the fast track to success, kid"

    "thank you sir!"

    that's how I think this went down at sony
  12. Johnny5Alive

    Johnny5Alive TS Rookie

    After everything Sony has been through, I'm not sure if I would want their security devices anywhere near ANYTHING I would want safe. Sony doesn't really speak "security" to me.
  13. Sony just crying for partnership with Norton
  14. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 11,455   +1,759

    So now you're going to need a smartphone to open your door? What do you do if you lose the phone or the battery goes dead, climb in the window?

    Never mind, you call the NSA and they'll Email you the encryption key. I'm sure they'll have it on file.

    With Sony's current popularity at an, "all time high", I wonder how this beg-a-thon will fly with the mostly former Sony customers now existing out in the wild. Maybe Sony should give this a big push via a flashy ad campaign. Perhaps something like, "now be prepared to lock yourself out of your own house with our latest digital technology. It's from the same wonderful people that brought you Cinavia" "Yup, we locked you out of your Blu-Ray discs, and now we're going to improve your home the same way". Check please!

    But, all in all, this door lock seems like a good buy. I'll take two, in the big, brass, model, or are they only Sony's prototypes?
    Last edited: Dec 17, 2014

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