Jawbone Designer Debuts New August Smart Lock

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    The August Smart Lock is a new iPhone-compatible locking system that has been designed by Jason Johnson and Yves Béhar, who serves as Jawbone's Chief Creative Officer. Béhar, who has worked on products like the Jambox and the UP, has created a simple universal lock that is designed to connect to a smartphone using Bluetooth.

    The lock itself is crafted of anodized aluminum and looks similar to a standard home lock. It comes with a number of faceplates and deadbolt adapters to fit the majority of the locks on the market, and it functions on four AA batteries. When battery life is low, the system will send out a notification.

    Much like competing products Lockitron and Kevo, the August Smart Lock will be available without subscription fees. It will also function with an accompanying app, which can be programmed to allow entry to friends and family. The system monitors guests that enter and it can be customized with specific timers. TechCrunch has some additional information:
    There are no specific details on when the August Smart Lock will launch, but the reservation website says that it will go on sale later in the year with an expected ship date of November or December. The lock will cost $199, with no additional fees.

    Article Link: Jawbone Designer Debuts New August Smart Lock
  2. Bwilky macrumors regular

    Jan 7, 2008
    To bad they aren't integrating z-wave technology. That would have been nice.
  3. blakey91 macrumors newbie

    Aug 9, 2011
    If your phone runs out of battery, you're locked out.
    Just use the old fashioned key.
  4. nutmac macrumors 68040

    Mar 30, 2004
    The hardware reminds me a bit of Nest thermostat, although not as pretty.

    I would need to wait for reviews (especially in regards to battery life, quality of the app, performance, fit and finish), however.

    Having said that, $199 seems rather pricey ($179 for Lockitron). At $249, Nest seems like a bargain in comparison. Speaking of Nest, I wish Nest would make such device instead.
  5. troop231 macrumors 603

    Jan 20, 2010
    Really cool product, but I can already open/close my garage door using a Raspberry Pi and an iPhone app I made.
  6. Gnomepatrol macrumors member


    Dec 22, 2011
    Metro East Area
    Instead of losing a key, it is going to be mine ran out of battery... and my charger is inside. :(
  7. ASKendrew macrumors 6502


    Mar 7, 2011
    United Kingdom
  8. ipedro macrumors 68040


    Nov 30, 2004
    Toronto, ON
    I already ordered a Lockitron but this looks so much more beautiful and "Apple" like. It's the same feel I get from the Nest too.

    However, I'm renting and this looks like it requires replacing the lock instead of putting it over an existing one, so I guess I'm hmm... locked out. :cool:
  9. kas23 macrumors 603


    Oct 28, 2007
    How secure is this thing? Couldn't someone make an app to trick it into opening?
  10. Carlanga macrumors 604


    Nov 5, 2009
  11. DTphonehome macrumors 68000

    Apr 4, 2003
    I'm pretty sure Yves Behar designed some other stuff too.
  12. JayCee842 macrumors 6502a


    Jan 21, 2013
  13. calderone macrumors 68040


    Aug 28, 2009
    Cue the cheap people...

    Ooops too late.
  14. bigcat318 macrumors 6502

    Dec 25, 2007
    Im going to guess that similar to lockitron, your standard key still works to open the door. The device goes on the inside of the door.

    Watching the video would help.
  15. portishead macrumors 65816

    Apr 4, 2007
    los angeles
    I might like this better than the Kevo since this only changes the lock on the inside. Anything I can do to keep me from having to carry keys around I'm all for.
  16. Mrg02d macrumors 65816

    Jan 27, 2012
    Yay my iPhone was stolen and the crooks now are able to unlock my HOUSE so they can finish the job!
  17. Chupa Chupa macrumors G5

    Chupa Chupa

    Jul 16, 2002
    No more locked out than if the battery on your car's FOB dies if you have the keyless entry option on your car... in other words not. You always have the traditional key backup.

    I've had keyless entry since my '07 car. When I first heard about the option I thought how lazy can one be that they can't push a button on a remote. But they were clever and required the option in order to remotely open the trunk w/ top down (convertible) so I got it. I ended up not bothering with the trunk w/ top down but fell in love with just being able to touch the door handle and not having to fumble in my pocket for my key. Ever since I wished something similar was available for homes.

    This new slew of locks and lock assists is an interesting start. I have a Lockitron on order but suspect its going to be a dud since it overlays w/ the existing lock. For older homes that have settled and requires a little finesse opening the lock I suspect the Lockitron will fail. The Kevo looks like a potential winner but I'm not changing all my locks to Kwikset -- I want one key that opens all doors. If I already had Kwikset I'd go for it in a second.


    1) They'd have to know where you live -- do you really have your address on your phone?

    2) If you realize your phone is missing you go online and disable the lock just like you disable your iPhone.


    Depends on how secure the code is. But if its like the rolling code on a garage door opener or a keyless entry car it would take a while to crack. Keyless entry isn't new, just new to residential locksets.
  18. coder12 macrumors 6502a


    Jun 28, 2010
    Or, if you looked at their video/website, you can still use your key to unlock the door.
  19. Arnold624 macrumors newbie

    Jul 27, 2009
    Just slip a spare charger in your porch somewhere
  20. rnizlek macrumors 6502

    Mar 31, 2004
    Washington, DC
    Looks cool, but I'd already ordered a Lockitron. I think I'll stick with that.
  21. fruitpunch.ben macrumors 6502a


    Sep 16, 2008
    Surrey, BC
    I had pre-ordered a lockitron at $149, so that made this a difficult decision, since it is $50 more. But it is much better looking than lockitron, plastic vs. aluminium, and that makes all the difference. Am trying to cancel my lockitron order and am in line for the August.
  22. snebes macrumors 6502a

    Apr 20, 2008
    I look at both this and the Lockitron, and I think they are too big, and they look cheap too. They may be simple, but for me to smack down $200 for something like this, it better have sex appeal as well as usability and simplicity.
  23. macs4nw macrumors 68040


    Nice lock, but for me, one of the nicest parts of throwing a party, is meeting your guests at the door when they first arrive..... :cool:
  24. charlituna macrumors G3


    Jun 11, 2008
    Los Angeles, CA
    I believe that's the reason for it notifying you that your batteries are low. So you can change them before its an issue.
  25. MVallee macrumors 6502a


    Feb 8, 2007
    Ontario, Canada
    I've been meaning to order a Lockitron for months now, but after seeing this, I might be switching. This looks alot more elegant for basically the same functionality. I'm torn.

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