Xiaomi has recently launched a new product from their MiJia (My Home) family with Sherlock M1 smart lock, which you can stick to the inside part of your security lock, insert the key, and then control it with your smartphone using Xiaomi app.
- Compatible with both right and left opening doors
- Connectivity – Bluetooth 4.0 LE
- USB – 1x micro USB port for charging
- Battery – Rechargeable 3800mAh battery
- Dimensions – 12.80 x 6.20 x 7.35 cm
- Weight – 430 grams
The lock ships with some specification / user guide? in English. The video below shows a bit more about the installation steps.
The main benefit of such smart lock is that you can share virtual keys with other people living in the household, so no more lost keys. Of course, you’d have to trust this cannot be easily hacked. This “user manual” provides some more details with regards to supported locks, as well as key and door requirements (it must be flat for the sticker lock).
If you are inside, you can unlock the door by swiping on the side with your finger, but this can be disabled in case you have young kids around. The battery is said to typically last 6 months on a charge, and since Bluetooth 4.0 LE is required, you’ll need a phone with Android 4.4 or greater, or iOS 8 or greater.
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