How great would it be if you could always be there to know first hand whatâ€™s going on inside your home? Unfortunately, you (probably) canâ€™t.Â ThingsÂ like work, errands, and school get in the way. All those life necessities can make it especially difficult to keep tabs on your house when it needs something, like a delivery, or a repair.
Thatâ€™s where August comes in, a smart home company that is trying to upgrade your front door. Last year, August released the August Smart Lock, a helpful device that aims to make keys obsolete. The Smart Lock is controlled by your phone through a Bluetooth enabled app, so you (or the people you grant access to) can lock and unlock your door. This year, August is beefing up its Smart Lock by enabling it with Appleâ€™s HomeKit, meaning youâ€™ll be able to use Siri to lock or unlock your door. In addition to these internal changes, the Smart Lock also gets a few design changes, with a magnetic faceplate concealing the batteries, and a chrome indicator to show whether itâ€™s locked or unlocked. Along with the new Smart lock, August is also releasing two new devices: the August Smart Keypad and Doorbell Cam.
The Smart Keypad is a small numbered keyboard that gives you code access into your home. Are you locked out because you left your keys and phone at work? With the Smart Keypad you just enter in an August-generated passcode to unlock your Smart Lock. Passcodes are made for either repeated use or temporary use, meaning you can give the person who cleans your house a passcode that expires after a single use, while keeping a permanent code for your family.
The Doorbell Cam is exactly what it sounds like: A Smart Lock-integrated doorbell that allows homeowners to see and talk to whoeverâ€™s at their door. When a visitor rings the smart doorbell, it initiates a one-way video that appears on the August app, and allows the homeowner to remotely buzz the visitor in. The Doorbell Cam also can function as a security monitor by giving the user on-demand video access through the app, or by sending notifications whenever it detects motion.
Along with this new hardware, August is releasing a new platform known as August Access, an in-app service that grants access to trusted third-party companies whenever you have a delivery or appointment. Partners include companies like Sears, Postmates, and Pro.comâ€”basically, a variety of services that need access to your home, regardless of whether youâ€™re in it. The app will send you real-time updates when your house is being accessed, or you can see who is at your door with the Doorbell Cam. So you can rest assured if letting strangers into your home makes you nervous. Otherwise, keep in mind that August Access is opt-in only.
August Access is available today for Smart Lock owners, while the HomeKit Enabled Smart Lock ($229), Smart Keypad ($79), and Doorbell Cam ($199) can be pre-ordered at August.com.