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Use your iPhone to open a few doors

Inventors have come up with a device that allows you to lock and unlock doors using an iPhone.

Dubbed August, the Bluetooth-connected smart lock that lets owners use a smartphone as a wireless key. The device could allow owners to rent out their place to others without having to hid a key under the doormat.

August allows the homeowner to send a virtual key to anyone they choose to have access to your home, retrofits to an existing deadbolt and installs in less than ten minutes. 

Read Recombu Digital’s guide to the Smart Home“Today there is a discrepancy between the sophistication of some parts of home living – like our sound systems – and the constant friction in others – like security. The August Smart Lock is a simpler, safer and more social system for access control that is easy to install and use,” said August co-founder and CEO Jason Johnson.

It relies on the same secure communications technology used by financial institutions for online banking, giving only desired individuals access to your property for set amounts of time. As the homeowner or a guest arrives at the door, August auto-unlocks and welcomes you into the home hands-free.

The front of the August device sports a display of lock-status LEDs, while a rotatable outer collar acts as a backup in case batteries or the Bluetooth connection fail. 

The app on the smartphone also comes with a guestbook that offers a private and secure social network in which owners can share photos, stories and comments to make owners and guests feel more at home.

“August is about technology that puts you at ease,” said August co-founder and designer Yves Behar. “Sure and reliable, August is a complete, secure and attractive system for the users and guests that depend on it.”

August can be reserved from the company’s website for $199. It is currently only available in the USA.

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