The market for smart locks is still in its early stages but we're already seeing some neat ideas as well as some commonalities -- like the need to completely replace your lock. The August Smart Lock breaks away from what pattern by only replacing the inside portion of your lock. This has two benefits: first off, it's easier to install, with Wired calling the process "stupid-simple." The second benefit is that you can still use your key if the unlock feature doesn't work (which can happen), your phone shuts off or you accidentally break the lock. The August won't be an ugly protrusion on your door either -- in fact, Re/code says it's rather "beautiful."
If you're planning a party or someone's coming to check on your place while you're away, the app gives you the ability to give virtual keys to whomever you need to. Gizmodo says the process is "as easy as sending a text" and you can control guest entry with a one-time code or even set up scheduled access. There is still some room to grow and a few kinks to be worked out but August provides a solid option for those itching to digitally secure their door.
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