August smart lock designed by Yves Behar makes opening the door a social experience
Internet-enabled smart locks aren’t a new idea, but they’ve usually been ugly, clunky, and required monthly service fees. But a new company called August is trying again, with a beautiful Yves Behar-designed lock module and a free service that allows you to send and receive access keys to anyone with an iPhone 5 or 4S. It’s reminiscent of nothing so much as the Nest smart thermostat, which also shook up a staid market with smart design and clever software. Unlike the Nest, however, the August Smart Lock promises interoperability with other smart devices — cofounder Jason Johnson serves as the chairman of the Internet of Things Consortium.