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The brain child of industrial designer Yves Béhar and tech entrepreneur Jason Johnson, the original August Smart Lock was a revolutionary entry into the home automation market when it made its debut over two years ago — a smart door lock that brought iPhone integration to just about any deadbolt in an elegant design, and it seemed only natural that when Apple unveiled HomeKit, support for the August Smart Lock wouldn’t be far behind.…
August expanded its selection of smart home-access products, added its first Apple Home-Kit-enabled product, and launched August Access service, which lets service personnel enter homes equipped with the August Smart Lock with homeowner permission.
Three new products expand the company’s selection beyond its single Smart Lock, launched a year ago. The new products consist of an Apple Home-Kit-certified Smart Lock, the company’s first video doorbell, and a keypad.
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The smart home can’t just be clever, it needs to be impeccably designed, but while August’s expanded range satisfies both criteria it may be user trust that really needs an upgrade. I spent some time with the Smart Keypad, Doorbell Cam, and the HomeKit version of the Smart Lock today, as well as talking with August’s exec team about whether even committed automation fans are ready to hand over the digital keys to the cable guy.
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August, the company behind the popular August Smart Lock, today announced a second-generation product that includes support for Apple’s HomeKit home automation platform. The new HomeKit-enabled August Smart Lock lets customers use voice commands to lock, unlock, and check the status of their door.
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Comcast promised a while back to add support for more home automation gadgets and it now activated that support for its Xfinity Home service. (Photo : Xfinity )Comcast’s Xfinity Home service now officially supports more home automation gadgets, including The Nest Learning Thermostat, Chamberlain MyQ garage-door controller, August Smart Lock, & the Lutron Caseta wireless lighting controller are now among the newly-supported gadgets, manageable via the Xfinity Home app for Android or iOS. Earlier this year, Comcast promised to support more home automation devices and now the company is making good on its word.
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