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Yves Behar announces August iPhone-controlled smart lock

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At the D11 conference on Wednesday, fuseproject's Yves Behar announced August, a new Bluetooth-connected smart lock that lets owners use a smartphone as a wireless key.

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August lock, exploded view. | Source: August


Following in the footsteps of other home automation products, August is yet another entrant into the door lock category set to be populated with upcoming products like Kwikset's UniKey-powered Kevo and a Kickstarter project called Lockitron.

Designed by Yves Behar, August attaches to a door's deadbolt and leverages the Bluetooth Low Energy protocol to create virtual smartphone keys, allowing users to lock and unlock the mechanism without physical contact. The device runs on four AA batteries and is completely self-sufficient, meaning it will work even in the case of a power outage. Charges last up to six months.

What makes August different is its design, which resembles a chunkier Nest Learning Thermostat. On the front is an array of lock status LEDs, while a rotatable collar acts as a physical backup in case batteries fail or something goes wrong with the Bluetooth connection.

Users can issue time-based key codes to friends and family, who can accept the invitations via email to turn their smartphones into virtual keys. Whenever a guest opens or closes the door, the owner is alerted to the activity. Since the system relies completely on Bluetooth, and is not connected to Wi-Fi, it most likely sends out these alert messages via a guest's smartphone.

In comparison to competing products like Kevo, Behar's August mounts on the inside of a user's door without the need for a complete lock replacement. Installation is supposedly simple, but perhaps not as easy as Lockitron, which requires no screws or tinkering as it sits directly on top of the existing lock handle.

August can be pre-ordered from the company's website for $199.
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Okay, it'll work in the case of a power outage...but will it work in the case of a power outage on your phone? Yikes.
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Okay, it'll work in the case of a power outage...but will it work in the case of a power outage on your phone? Yikes.

 

Never mind. I see that the key is on the outside. 

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Sweet!
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This one looks better designed than the other two in the sense of being both more attractive than the Kevo, and far more practical than the Lockitron.

However, it's kind of disturbing how little information there is on the website. It's very flashy and smooth looking but there is no real (detailed) information on how it works. There isn't a single picture of the *outside* of the lock for instance. There's also no addressing of obvious questions like how does it know what side of the door you are on, or really much detail on anything at all.

Whoever they hired to communicate the value of the product doesn't seem very good. I certainly wouldn't "reserve" sight-unseen, based on this and I'm actually in the market for a new door lock for my front door at the moment.
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Actually Gazoobee, the website states that only the *inside* portion of your deadbolt is replaced with the unit. They don't show the outside of the lock because it would be your lock. The diagram shows that the device plugs into the lock and is automated there, replacing the manual knob.
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I'd like more details about the lock dimensions and makers it supports before reserving—and how does it work when you have two on one door?

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"I bought this lock and all I got was my lousy house jail broken".
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so what happens if someone steals your phone, finds out where you live and just walks right into your house?
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so what happens if someone steals your phone, finds out where you live and just walks right into your house?

 

I guess the maker never thought of that... /s ~ LeAnn Rimes - "How do I...."
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so what happens if someone steals your phone, finds out where you live and just walks right into your house?

 

Probably the exact same thing that happens if someone steals your keys/purse/etc? The difference being you can't remote lock/wipe your house keys the way you can a phone.
 

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Since there's no wifi, if a guest were to go into airplane mode (or have no service) then you wouldn't get a text that they entered your house. I guess this whole system is just a simpler version of your house key, but you would still need to carry them with you as a malfunction or power outage could leave you locked out
post #14 of 24
It's too much $$$. Get it down to 60 bucks, and that's reasonable
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I know one place where iPhone is a key to the door, from 2008 or 2009. It's "Blow Up Hall 50 50" hotel - http://www.blowuphall5050.com/en.html#/hotel/1913301012/
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I know one place where iPhone is a key to the door, from 2008 or 2009. It's "Blow Up Hall 50 50" hotel - http://www.blowuphall5050.com/en.html#/hotel/1913301012/

My car has this feature, as well. I can use my iPhone to lock or unlock my car (or start the engine or check fluid levels, etc).
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post #17 of 24
Now we're talking... How cool to be able to send a timed key to unlock for your friends. Simply brilliant. Ok, you forgot your keys at work, your battery is dead, now what? Wait, your neighbour is home or even a random passer by. You call your wife, she sends the timed code to unlock the door and hey presto - you're in. Simple but brilliant.

You can see where this is going, your iPhone will soon unlock your car, unlock your house, be your wallet.. Sounds scary but having one device instead of multiple keys is fantastic... Then of course, there is the old privacy issues... But hey it's cool.
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so what happens if someone steals your phone, finds out where you live and just walks right into your house?

Well, when apple brings out the smart thumb scanner on the home button - problem solved unless of course they cut your thumb off.
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My car has this feature, as well. I can use my iPhone to lock or unlock my car (or start the engine or check fluid levels, etc).

 

Does anyone know of a list of cars with this ability? I just spent a decent amount of time googling and could not find such a list.

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I will leave my iPhone under the mat? Keys work just fine.

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What troubles me more is that all those solutions are only capable of replacing a deadbolt and not the primary doorlock. Even in the video there's still a second lock at that door... 

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so what happens if someone steals your phone, finds out where you live and just walks right into your house?
The same thing that would happen if someone stole your keys - it is just a locking mechanism. The benefit here is your phone can have a pass code, but your keys can't.
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Okay, it'll work in the case of a power outage...but will it work in the case of a power outage on your phone? Yikes.

I like the way the Nest can be controlled by any iDevice and a Mac. I should think such a lock systems would be supported by multiple Apple products. I'll read more and see ... 1biggrin.gif
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