The recent past has seen an increased dependence on smartphones and smartphone apps. Today all that one requires is a smartphone and an app that can handle all his work. Where products like “Nest thermostat” show how wireless technology and mobile apps can manage the temperature of your house, gadgets like “Belkin WeMo switch” help in controlling the lights in a room using one’s smartphone.
August, a startup by a tech entrepreneur Jason Johnson and industrial designer Yves Behar, uses the same technology to provide a keyless lock system powered by a mobile app.
The “August Smart Lock” can be fixed to the deadbolt of a door. The device uses the Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) technology that enables it to work without connecting to a Wi-Fi network. When synced with the app, it uses this technology to create virtual smartphone keys, thus allowing users to lock and unlock the door without touching the device. The device runs on two AA batteries and the charge is expected to last up to six months.
Your door could be soon controlled using an app
Users can issue time-based key codes to friends and family, who can accept the invitations via email to turn their smartphones into virtual keys. Whenever a guest opens or closes the door, the owner is alerted of the activity.
Since the system relies completely on Bluetooth, all the messages are send either via Bluetooth or by text messages. On their Facebook page, the developers have promised that the August Smart Lock app will be available on both iOS and Android platforms once it is launched.
The device is expected to be a solution for people who want to give temporary access to people who might be coming by their house to clean or fix it while the owner isn’t home. It’s also a way for users to let friends and family enter the house, with a complete log of coming in at any given time.