August, the company behind the popular August Smart Lock sold in Apple retail stores, today announced the upcoming launch of August Connect a new $50 bridge that will allow August Smart Lock to connect to the Internet via Wi-Fi.

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August Connect plugs into a power outlet inside the home of an August Smart Lock user and connects to their home wireless network and the Internet. This connection enables several new features such as the ability for a user to check the status of their lock remotely and operate it from the August mobile app for iOS or Android on their smartphone or tablet. This allows users to ‘buzz-in’ guests, and such service providers as contractors, dog-walkers, and others remotely while also receiving notifications around all lock activity.

Until now, August Smart Lock has supported only Bluetooth connectivity, allowing users to operate the lock from their iOS and Android devices only while in relatively close proximity to the lock. With the addition of August Connect, however, users will now be able to interact with the lock from anywhere they have a connection to the Internet.

In addition to August Connect, the company is also releasing a private API that will allow select third-party partners such as Nest, SmartThings, and Logitech Harmony to integrate with August to seamlessly automate integrated home entry and exit procedures.

August Connect is priced at $49.99 and is available for pre-order today with shipping beginning in mid-February. August Smart Lock is priced at $249.95.

Top Rated Comments

2457282 Avatar
123 months ago
After all that and no HomeKit integration? Only a private API? I think I must pass.
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cerote Avatar
123 months ago
..... or even children using this to lock their parents in a room.:D
Not sure I would spend a total of about $300 for a door lock for inside the house.
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Chupa Chupa Avatar
123 months ago
$50 for functionality that should have been built-in to the lock. And adding injury to the insulting price is the kludgy afterthought design requiring an electric slot -- no doubt needing to be relatively close to the lock to convert the bluetooth signal to WiFi and vice versa.

I'm going to take a pass right now and see if they try to improve the actual lock first -- and knowing August, if they say ships in Feb. they mean Feb 2016 anyway.
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Chad-VI Avatar
123 months ago
I can't imagine how funny this would be if it gets hacked. Doors locking people outside:p or even children using this to lock their parents outside.:D
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