August Unveils Smaller 'Wi-Fi Smart Lock' That Doesn't Require a Bridge

August Unveils Smaller 'Wi-Fi Smart Lock' That Doesn't Require a Bridge

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August has unveiled a new smaller Wi-Fi Smart Lock that features HomeKit support without the need for an external bridge.

Designed by August co-founder and renowned designer Yves Béhar, the August Wi-Fi Smart Lock packages the advanced functionality and security that August is known for in a sleek package the size of a standard doorknob. It is 45% smaller in volume and 20% slimmer than the August Smart Lock Pro, and is available in matte black and silver finishes. The new smart lock’s built-in Wi-Fi removes the need to pair it with an external bridge, making it an instant, discreet smart home upgrade for any front door. Customers need only pair it with the top rated (4.8 stars) August App to secure, monitor and manage access to their home from their phone, from anywhere in the world.

“At August, we’re constantly looking for ways to evolve what smart home access looks like and implement customer feedback – a smaller design and an even simpler installation process have understandably made it to the top of our list,” said Jason Johnson, CEO and co-founder of August. “We’re proud to pair our engineering know-how with Yves Béhar’s unparalleled design to create a beautiful, compact, all-in-one smart lock that boasts the most comprehensive smart lock capabilities on the market.”

August Unveils Smaller 'Wi-Fi Smart Lock' That Doesn't Require a Bridge

In addition to metals such as anodized aluminum and steel, the August Wi-Fi Smart Lock features key design changes that provide a next-generation look and feel. The face of the lock now sports softer surface transitions and rounded edges, and the refined, textured ridges that surround the lock invite tactility when the lock is rotated manually. Additionally, there is a new August badge that visually helps identify if the device is locked or not.

“Building the best smart home by reinventing home access has always been our dream, and this has fueled the development of August’s products for the past seven years,” said Yves Béhar, co-founder of August and founder of design firm fuseproject. “After launching nine door entry locks, cameras and keypads, we are delighted to introduce the completely re-imagined, small-sized, always-connected August Wi-Fi Smart Lock. We had this advance in our sights since the early days of August, and it took two years of development to achieve the balance of features and functionality with a form factor the size of a doorknob.”

August Unveils Smaller 'Wi-Fi Smart Lock' That Doesn't Require a Bridge

August Wi-Fi Smart Lock users can share access with family, friends and trusted visitors; lock and unlock their door remotely; and know who’s coming and going through a 24/7 Activity Feed. Customers can also remotely check the status of their door at any time with August’s exclusive DoorSense technology, as well as integrate it with leading hosting platforms, security systems and smart home platforms (including Airbnb, Alarm.com, Google Assistant, Amazon Alexa, and Apple HomeKit).

The August Wi-Fi Smart Lock will soon be available for purchase on August.com and at select national retailers. Pricing has not yet been announced.

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August Unveils Smaller 'Wi-Fi Smart Lock' That Doesn't Require a Bridge
[via Gizmodo]

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