At CES 2020, August has announced the 4th generation of their smart lock called the Wi-Fi Smart Lock.
“At August, we’re constantly looking for ways to evolve what smart home access looks like and implement customer feedback – a smaller design and an even simpler installation process have understandably made it to the top of our list,” said Jason Johnson, CEO and co-founder of August. “We’re proud to pair our engineering know-how with Yves Béhar’s unparalleled design to create a beautiful, compact, all-in-one smart lock that boasts the most comprehensive smart lock capabilities on the market.”
The new Wi-Fi Smart Lock is 45% smaller in overall volume and 20% slimmer than the company’s Smart Lock Pro.
The lock has textured ridges on the sides for improved tactility when using it manually. It is made from a combination of anodized aluminum and steel. Installing is easy as it uses your existing deadbolt.
Previous locks required a Wi-Fi hub to use but the new August Wi-Fi Smart Lock has built-in Wi-Fi. Just connect the smart lock to your home Wi-Fi via the app and its ready to go.
“Building the best smart home by reinventing home access has always been our dream, and this has fueled the development of August’s products for the past seven years,” said Yves Béhar, co-founder of August and founder of design firm fuseproject. “After launching nine door entry locks, cameras and keypads, we are delighted to introduce the completely re-imagined, small-sized, always-connected August Wi-Fi Smart Lock. We had this advance in our sights since the early days of August, and it took two years of development to achieve the balance of features and functionality with a form factor the size of a doorknob.”
The August Wi-Fi Smart Lock has the same smart and security features as previous models including 24/7 Activity Feed, share access with friends & family, lock/unlock remotely and more.
The lock also comes with the company’s DoorSense technology that will let customers check the status of their door remotely.
The Wi-Fi Smart Lock is compatible with the Google Assistant, Amazon Alexa, Apple HomeKit as well as Airbnb and Alarm.com.
The August Wi-Fi Smart Lock will come in matte black and silver colour options when it ships later this year.
According to August, their new smart lock should be similarly priced to their Smart Lock Pro & Hub, which goes for around $290 CAD ($270 USD).
An exact release date has been announced but August says its set for a Q2 release in Canada and Spring for the US.
You can sign up to be notified when the August Wi-Fi Smart Lock launches on the company’s website.