Today, we’re glad to introduce a smart and useful device, that could equip most of our houses in a few years. The August Smart Lock offers a secure, social and simple way to lock your home. When installed on your door lock, August manages the comings and goings of your guests and family with intelligence and simplicity.
How does it work ?
As a tenant, August allows you to send a virtual key to anyone you choose, and allow them to get into your home. You can control when people have access to your home by issuing keys that work 24/7 for a family member, or just a couple of hours for a guest. Through the mobile application, selected people can then enter your home without any physical keys. August also records the comings and goings so that you have a clear view of who comes and goes. You can even leave instructions and notes to your guests from the app’s Guestbook function !
Two functions for a security made easy
August features an Auto-Lock function that automatically unlocks the door when you approach it with your smartphone. It also instinctively locks your door and leaves you free from doubting whether you left your front door unlocked or not.
More interesting features
August gadget keeps working even if the power goes down, it also includes two standard batteries and let you know by email when they need to be replaced. The device can connect to your smartphone via Bluetooth technology syncs.
At first sight, sending virtual keys, even to close friends, can seem to be disturbing. Although, August claims to use secure communication technologies, similar to the ones used by financial institutions for online banking for instance. So security is guaranteed by the provider.
August gadget and fundraising
August, as a promising gadget, already managed to raise $8 million on November 19th, 2013. Cofounded by the designer Yves Behar and the technology entrepreneur Jason Johnson, the project succeeded in raising $2 million from business angels in the past.
Upcoming projects and next steps
August team is working on some robust customer intelligence tools for more effortless features. The device costs $199 and is currently available for pre-order on the company website. Consumer will receive their own August Smart Lock by spring 2014.