After anonymously working on the e-ink watch, Sony is now reportedly working on yet another crowdfunded project. This time around, it’s a smart lock that lets you open doors with only your smartphone.
Made in collaboration with World Innovation Lab, Qrio is dubbed the “world’s smallest” device of its kind. Think of the Qrio as the lock to your door and your smartphone as the key. In concept, it sounds like a very useful product for forgetful people, not to mention very futuristic.
Qrio also lets other people with a compatible app to gain access to your house, but of course, it can be assumed that they’ll only have access if you give them the permission via the app. It’s much more convenient than handing them a physical key, that’s for sure.
The Qrio is also pretty easy to be installed on existing doors, with the only DIY requiring you to mount a plate to the door for the batteries to be placed. The company claimed that four CR123A cells will keep Qrio powered for 1,000 days before you need to change the batteries.
As it is, the Qrio has already reached its funding goal, but if you can read Japanese, you can still grab the early bird promotion over here.