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Demand for Sharp’s face masks crashes website and smart home gadgets

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Sharp introduced final month that it could start making face masks at its TV manufacturing unit in Japan, and this morning they turned obtainable to order — at the very least, that was the plan. Demand for the masks has overwhelmed Sharp’s servers to the purpose that not solely is it near-impossible to entry the online store, web companies for the corporate’s good house devices have apparently been taken down too.

The Asahi Shimbun reports that Sharp IoT units like air conditioners that hook up with the web and use smartphones for controls are at the moment experiencing issues. A Sharp consultant apologized for the difficulty and mentioned the corporate is trying into the foundation trigger. Based on the corporate, it’s potential that the issues have been attributable to concentrated visitors to a server that handles person accounts for each the web retailer and the good units.

The masks seem like common medical masks which might be generally worn in Japan and different Asian nations to assist forestall the unfold of illnesses, however they do have a Sharp emblem on the underside. They value $2,980 yen (~$28) for a field of 50, with $680 yen ($6) for delivery, and prospects are restricted to purchasing one field at a time each three days. The shop went stay at 10AM JST immediately, however as of this writing (practically 5 hours later) remains to be offline.

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