My main question: Why is the inside of your apartment so dark?
Yesterday Yves Behar and tech entrepreneur Jason Johnson pulled the sheets off of their August Smart Lock. It's an intelligent keyless entry system, operated via Bluetooth, that can be retrofitted to an existing door with just two screws.
There are two killer apps for the system: One is that you no longer need to use your key to get in. August detects when your smartphone is in proximity, then open-sesames. Two is that you can program August to let other people in—houseguests, dogwalkers, repairpersons, that ex that talks a good game and swears it will be different this time around—and it will recognize their smartphone, allowing access at a time of your choosing.
You might wonder, Hey, what if I want to let someone in that doesn't own a smartphone? And our answer is, Do you really want to let that type of scum into your apartment?
Because the device runs under its own power—two AA batteries, by the looks of it—and is not connected to WiFi or your building's power supply, it will still function during a blackout or internet outage. In the event that it fails for some reason, you can still open the door with your physical key.
Check it out:
The August Smart Lock will be available for purchase, for 200 bones, later this year. (I've got a good guess as to which month it will go on sale.)
In addition to its obvious functionality, there is one as-yet-uncommented-on way that the device will change human interaction: Just as the rise of cell phones means you can no longer slam the phone down to hang up in anger, the August precludes that dramatic scene where your ex has to give your keys back.