A Bay Area start-up has just the thing for early adopters of smart-home accessories: wireless deadbolt locks.
San Francisco-based August plans to release a "smart lock" this year. Co-founder and CEO Jason Johnson told CNBC on Friday that he expects to ship the $199 product later this year, and the company aims for a seamless installation process akin to Nest's wireless thermostat.
August's smart lock, which resembles a hockey puck and comes in four colors, affixes to users' existing deadbolt locks from the inside of their doors. It does not require a wireless connection, and users will still be able to use their low-tech keys.
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A signal from a smartphone app opens the door. Homeowners can send these digital keys to friends and relatives through the app, and delete them as easily, Johnson said.