Monday, January 26, 2015

Keyless Entry

August is your new hi-tech home security system


Once upon a time long, long ago, human beings shoved jagged shards of metal into their doors to keep themselves safe from thieves.

If that sounds positively medieval, that's because it is. But a new keyless lock called August is about to change the way you come and go.

August is basically the Nest of home security — a mobile-enabled-for-dummies system that takes the worry out of maintaining the safety of your humble abode.

Co-created by Jason Johnson and design star Yves Béhar, August syncs up with your phone and can be set to auto-unlock your door whenever you approach it.

It's crazy-easy to install: August just slips over your existing lock, no fiddling with hardware required. The lock itself is battery-powered, so you don't need to worry about getting locked out during an electrical outage. (And August sends you plenty of reminders when the batteries are running low.)

You can see who's coming or going through a log accessible through your phone or the Web. You can give 24-7 access to anyone you want with a digital invite, or a highly specified pass that only works, say, for one hour a week (for your gardner, BDSM mistress, whoever). And those awkward Airbnb key meetups will be a thing of the past.

It'll also make breakups terribly, terribly easy.

August Smart Lock

Price and availablity: $199, ships later this year; reserve here

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