Au­gust Smart Lock

San Francisco Chronicle - - BUSINESS -

Smart locks make peo­ple ner­vous be­cause they in­sert an­other point of fail­ure be­tween you and your phys­i­cal se­cu­rity. A ma­li­cious hacker, or even a plain old tech­ni­cal fail­ure could all of a sud­den com­pro­mise the en­try point of your home. A key­less design with no phys­i­cal fail­safe could in­deed lock you out, but the Au­gust Wi­fi Smart Lock isn’t one of those locks. This smart lock is a breeze to in­stall. Be­cause it doesn’t re­place the lock mech­a­nism it­self, you can still use a phys­i­cal key. The good look­ing lock con­nects to your phone via Blue­tooth or Wi­fi, and you can also con­nect it to Alexa, Siri or Google As­sis­tant. There is a tiny open­close sen­sor that lets it tell you if it’s locked and lets you know if the door is open or closed. It’s the most com­plete prod­uct on the mar­ket.


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