We recently reported about the developing trend of smartphone-enabled door locks, a premise met with equal parts curiosity and trepidation among readers. Whether you're planning to be amongst the first adopters or are content with continuing using a key, we're going to see more of these locks in an era of "there's an app for that".
The August Smart Lock is the latest app controlled home security device to show up on our radar, notable not only for its keyless functionality, but also because of the creative mind behind its design: Yves Behar.
What can you say about Yves Behar that hasn't already been said before, considering the prolific designer is the creative mind behind a wide range of products spanning categories which range from the portable, the comfortable, the helpful, and sometimes the private. Now he's tackling home security.
His latest project was working with tech entrepreneur, Jason Johnson, to help develop/design the August Smart Lock, an app-enabled remote entry home lock system. The Bluetooth LE (low energy, aka Bluetooth Smart) equipped August Smart Lock works with existing deadbolts (the bulk of the device installs over the interior turn mechanism), simplifying installation into a 10 minute affair, while also giving home owners the ability to lock and unlock the door either via app, or automatically using a proximity sensor. An elementary "green=unlocked, red=locked" LED display and chime works in conjunction with an iOS app.
The real perk beyond keyless entry of these new generation of smartphone controlled home lock systems is their ability to grant time-connected access privileges. In households where guests or housekeepers/service people are common visitors throughout the week, the August Smart Lock can grant virtual keys connected to specific access times (e.g. "Monday, 3-6pm"), offering automatic entry as they approach the door; once the assigned time slot has passed, visitors lose access privileges and the system secures the door with encryption.
The system forgoes reliance upon external power or wi-fi connectivity, so even in the case of a power outage, users will have access to lock and unlock the door. And don't fret, worrywarts, you can still use a key to unlock your door if the 2xAAA are drained.
Finally, there's even a social Guestbook function where guests can leave comments and photos, alongside the scheduled entry features assigned to each, reflecting obvious consideration for vacation rental owners' needs.