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Friday Smart Lock puts form over functionFriday Labs crowdfunded this smart lock, which now costs $249. It's pretty, but not that practical.
[MUSIC] After two years of crowdfunding and developments Friday Labs finally introduced its Friday lock. Architects designed this $249 smart lock that bills itself as the smallest retrofit smart lock on the market. You can order the lock's metal shell in seven different finishes for a look that compliments your home's hardware. Friday attaches to your existing dead bolt, replacing only the thumb latch portion of your old lock. It's powered by a large, rechargeable battery and comes with the USB charging dock. Beneath the battery is the motor and a helpful color-coded faceplate for easy installation. Friday uses Bluetooth. To connect to the Friday app, where you can lock and unlock the door, view the activity log, and control guest access. A feature called Friday Assist unlocks the door when it's closed and uses geo-fencing to unlock when you approach. You can also add Friday to Apple HomeKit and incorporate it into your smart home seams. There are a few issues with this lock, though. First, any guests you add are given unlimited access. There's no option to add timeframes or expiration dates to remote keys. Once you no longer need that guest to have access, you'll need to delete their key in the app. Second, wi-fi is supported but not enabled right now. Friday Labs say firmware updates are coming that will address this but until then you'll only have remote access to your lock if you use an iPad or Apple TV as a home kit hub and have the Friday Labs app on your iPhone. Phone. Android users are out of luck here. I really loved the looks of this lock and it's [UNKNOWN] capabilities are solid. But until we see better WiFi connectivity and more detailed guest access, I recommend one of August clunkier but smarter locks. [MUSIC]