The demand for medical masks was so high that even Sharp’s server crashed

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The demand for medical masks was so high that even Sharp’s server crashed

Sharp’s plan to sell medical masks online is not going as smoothly as planned.

Last month, the once-famous electronics company Sharp announced they would start producing medical masks in their TV factory in Japan. The company started taking user orders this morning- but it’s not that simple.

Demand for medical masks is so high for Sharp’s servers that their online store is almost inaccessible; internet services from smart home devices are also unavailable—also lost connection.

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According to a report from the Asahi Shimbun site, Sharp’s IoT devices, such as air conditioners that connect to the internet and use smartphones to control, are currently experiencing a similar situation. Sharp representatives had to apologize to users for this problem and said the company was looking into the cause and fixing it. According to the company, most likely, the problem lies in the fact that bandwidth is concentrated on a single server that handles user accounts on both the online store and intelligent devices.

The mask that Sharp produces looks similar to a regular medical mask but has Sharp’s logo at the end. It costs $28 for a box of 50 and about $6 more for shipping. Customers can also only buy one package at a time every three days. This online store opened at 10 a.m. Japanese time, but as of now, it’s still closed.

Refer to The Verge


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