iPhone-controlled August Smart Lock finally starts shipping to preorder customers

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in General Discussion edited December 2014
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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  • Reply 1 of 28
    slurpyslurpy Posts: 5,038member
    A year's delay for a fucking lock?
  • Reply 2 of 28
    paxmanpaxman Posts: 4,583member
    slurpy wrote: »
    A year's delay for a fucking lock?
    Nice looking lock, though.
  • Reply 3 of 28
    slurpy wrote: »
    A year's delay for a fucking lock?

    Yeah; doesn't inspire confidence.
  • Reply 4 of 28
    blazarblazar Posts: 270member
    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".
  • Reply 5 of 28
    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.
  • Reply 6 of 28
    joshajosha Posts: 901member
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by AppleInsider View Post



    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 !

  • Reply 7 of 28
    And when the batteries run out... Fail open or closed. Not sure which sounds worse
  • Reply 8 of 28
    dbbcdbbc Posts: 14member

    A public beta.

  • Reply 9 of 28
    slurpyslurpy Posts: 5,038member

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

  • Reply 10 of 28

    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.

  • Reply 11 of 28

    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.

  • Reply 12 of 28
    slurpyslurpy Posts: 5,038member
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by markrogo View Post

     

    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. 

  • Reply 13 of 28

    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!

  • Reply 14 of 28
    philboogiephilboogie Posts: 7,404member
    blazar wrote: »
    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.
  • Reply 15 of 28
    saareksaarek Posts: 1,054member
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Slurpy View Post

     

     

    Pretty fucking unprofessional of them. 




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

  • Reply 16 of 28
    ksecksec Posts: 1,500member

    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

  • Reply 17 of 28
    jonshfjonshf Posts: 88member
    Looks like a copy of Danalock (danalock.com) which has had this for years.
  • Reply 18 of 28
    shogunshogun Posts: 360member
    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.
  • Reply 19 of 28
    misamisa Posts: 827member
    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.
  • Reply 20 of 28
    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....
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