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After nearly a year's wait, Yves Behar-designed August Smart Locks finally started shipping out to preorder customers on Tuesday and the company plans to have supply ready for a wider launch by October.

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First announced in May of last year, the August Smart Lock went up for pre-sale a few months later in October and, after a few delays, is finally on their way to customers.

August is an app-connected deadbolt add-on similar to Lockitron, but attaches directly onto the bolt, replacing interior latch hardware. With some assembly required, the smart device is a bit like Kwikset's Kevo unit.

Designed by Yves Behar, August resembles a large puck that shares similarities with Nest's Learning Thermometer, except without the display and touch controls. The lock can be accessed wirelessly via Bluetooth Low Energy and an iOS app, meaning users can share virtual keys with family and friends from an iPhone.

August claims compatibility with a wide variety of deadbolts and promises quiet operation, a feature most products lack. Made of metal, the device runs on four AA batteries, which last a claimed six months, and is able to operate in the event of a power outage. If the unit malfunctions, a rotating collar acts as a physical backup inside, while users can unlock the deadbolt with a regular key from outside.

With a mid-October ship date for orders placed today, August should come just in time for the launch of Apple's HomeKit app framework for connected homes, which will debut in iOS 8 alongside next-generation iPhone models in September. With HomeKit, developers and hardware manufacturers are able to build native software for iOS that can be linked to Siri for remote control access. It is not yet known if August will support HomeKit.

August can be purchased for a retail price of $250 from the company's website.
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A year's delay for a fucking lock?
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A year's delay for a fucking lock?
Nice looking lock, though.
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A year's delay for a fucking lock?

Yeah; doesn't inspire confidence.
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Does it unlock just with the presence of my phone or are we talking opening your phone and a separate app?

Seems pointless compared to a keypad lock.

A lock not integrated with home control systems misses a LOT of functionality.

My home lock now locks automatically if my "away" mode on home alarm is turned on. I can triple tap my garage lightswitch which will put my home in away mode and turn all my lights off too.

Of course my control4 system cost a sick amount of money... That is the part that needs to change for what superficially is now "low tech".
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I've gone off the idea of a smart lock. I was quite interested when the August was advertised last summer, but having had time to reflect, I don't feel the tech is there. Door locks are so prone to weather and warping. I was considering one for a holiday place, but it's especially vulnerable to the elements. And if you need a backup key as a last resort, what's the point? Too much time, worry and hassle.
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the device runs on four AA batteries, which last a claimed six months, and is able to operate in the event of a power outage. If the unit malfunctions, a rotating collar acts as a physical backup inside, while users can unlock the deadbolt with a regular key from outside.

More batteries, plus an iPhone.

No thx, I'll stay with the very reliable key !

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And when the batteries run out... Fail open or closed. Not sure which sounds worse
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A public beta.

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The funny thing is that the iPhone used in that video is now 3 generations old, soon to be 4. 

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I'm pretty skeptical of this report about anything shipping. I was a day one preorder and haven't received an e-mail of any kind from August.

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Me too!! I preordered in June 2013!! Confirmed order few months later (shipping address and payment info), and have not gotten an email as to shipping, nor any communication whatsoever.

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I'm pretty skeptical of this report about anything shipping. I was a day one preorder and haven't received an e-mail of any kind from August.

 

Pretty fucking unprofessional of them. 

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Talk about "A brand new filling for a brand new hole".

 

I'll carry on using a key - seems to have worked well for centuries ... and you don't have to replace the batteries!

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Does it unlock just with the presence of my phone or are we talking opening your phone and a separate app?

Check their website as this site hardly ever gives us all the facts:

Auto-Unlock
With Auto-Unlock, August senses your approach and magically unlocks your door for you, without having to reach for your phone.
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Pretty fucking unprofessional of them. 


Could you tone down the language please, utilise another word to emphasize your point.

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1. What happen if someone steals my phone? ( Yeah I know the question is similar to stealing my keys ).

2. There is a centralize control *somewhere*, which means if that get hacked..... um......

And I have to change battery every 6 months?

 

I like the idea, but i dont think the tech are quite there yet. Although I dont mind using it for doors in my room :P

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post #18 of 29
Looks like a copy of Danalock (danalock.com) which has had this for years.
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The four batteries only last six months? Forget it. Last thing I want to be doing is trying to remember to change my deadbolt batteries in multiple doors multiple times a year.
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I've gone off the idea of a smart lock. I was quite interested when the August was advertised last summer, but having had time to reflect, I don't feel the tech is there. Door locks are so prone to weather and warping. I was considering one for a holiday place, but it's especially vulnerable to the elements. And if you need a backup key as a last resort, what's the point? Too much time, worry and hassle.

I have a better reason:

~Hey look at that awesome looking look, shame someone would see it to mean valuables inside.~

Like, hey, I'm all for better home automation stuff, but this thing falls short on three fronts

a) Someone watching someone use it would clearly identify that house/apartment or otherwise as having high tech valuables
b) It's battery operated, which means eventually the batteries die, and for that amount of energy waste, you are still better off carrying keys.
c) Most doors... well pretty much ALL doors I've ever seen are two-factor entry anyway. One for the deadbolt and one for the door knob. So to use this you would need to remove all the additional locks on the one door.

Nice try though.

The battery issue can be solved by using two batteries, one "non-removable" without dismantling the lock, and one that can be removed and usb-charged so it charges the other battery.
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http://images.techhive.com/images/article/2014/06/wwdc14_homekit_partners-100307993-large.png

Well that wasn't too hard to figure out if August will support Homekit. Good effort ai....
post #22 of 29
These lock companies should include rechargeable batteries and include an option for those willing to run a wire inside their doors for continuous charging.
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Could you tone down the language please, utilise another word to emphasize your point.

 

He’ll just say, “Pretty sexually unnecessary of them.”

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These lock companies should include rechargeable batteries and include an option for those willing to run a wire inside their doors for continuous charging.

 

Or design a solar-powered lock.

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The four batteries only last six months? Forget it. Last thing I want to be doing is trying to remember to change my deadbolt batteries in multiple doors multiple times a year.

 

You mean like with your smoke alarm?

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A lock not integrated with home control systems misses a LOT of functionality.

It works via Bluetooth. I imagine you could integrate it in with your system if you wanted to.

Especially with a "sick expensive" one like yours.

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Word on the street is that they just hired Bharat Vassan of Basis fame, so they shouldn't need more than another four years to ship a total disappointment.

post #28 of 29

Just installed mine this week and I love it.

Batteries is something that you need to change to go wireless like smoke detector, remote control automatic blinds etc.

I do have top and bottom lock but I have the option not to lock the bottom one ( No need to remove it) 

It locks automatic when I leave and when I come inside my apt.  No need to look for my keys plus my phone is always in my hand . 

I bought Lockitron also and never worked right. Its too mechanical and App buggy . My only wish is to be able to control remotely, but my primary reason was for me and to ditch the keys! I don't want anyone on my place if Im not there anyways.

A major plus they have costumer service you can call. With Lockitron you are out of luck

I would definitely buy  August Smart Lock again.

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Just installed mine this week and I love it.
Batteries is something that you need to change to go wireless like smoke detector, remote control automatic blinds etc.
I do have top and bottom lock but I have the option not to lock the bottom one ( No need to remove it) 
It locks automatic when I leave and when I come inside my apt.  No need to look for my keys plus my phone is always in my hand . 
I bought Lockitron also and never worked right. Its too mechanical and App buggy . My only wish is to be able to control remotely, but my primary reason was for me and to ditch the keys! I don't want anyone on my place if Im not there anyways.
A major plus they have costumer service you can call. With Lockitron you are out of luck
I would definitely buy  August Smart Lock again.

That's great and all, but let us know how you get on after one year, five years, ten years and twenty years. One week of use doesn't tell us much.
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