Almost a year after the August smart lock system was originally announced, the new device finally started shipping out to preorder customers and a wider launch by October is also planned by the company.
First introduced in May of 2013, the August Smart Lock is a Bluetooth-based app-connected locking system created by Jason Johnson and designer Yves Béhar. The August is an unusual replacement for traditional keyed deadbolts that uses Bluetooth and a smartphone app to allow users to unlock their doors with their iPhones.
The product is made of anodized aluminum with a 3.25-inch diameter and reminds a standard home lock. The August is equipped with a few various faceplates and deadbolt adapters to fit the majority of locks on the market, running on four AA batteries. Installation is promised not to be too complicated: the whole thing will fit over the inside portion of your existing single-cylinder deadbolt hole.
Through the iOS application, owners have the ability to add and remove authorized users, who are allowed to unlock the door with their device. That means, that users can share virtual keys with family and friends from an iPhone and when the homeowner or a guest comes to the door, August auto-unlocks and welcomes you into the home hands-free. You also have the power to set the length of their access from just a few hours to 24-7. The app notifies you when someone enters or leaves your home, so you can easily learn how long they stay.
Users who pre-ordered the August lock will see their new product within the next few months. The August Smart Lock can now be ordered for $249.99 on the company’s website. Orders placed now are said to be fulfilled in late October.