kubxlab welcomes unconventional ideas, especially ones that make your world simpler.
Big ideas come in little boxes these days, if there are boxes at all. We know that many small changes add up to one enormous change, a simple world. And now August, developed by Jason Johnson and Yves Behar, has arrived to open the gates on that world and take us inside.
What is it, you might be wondering? Check it out:
August is a smart-lock app that allows you to lock and unlock your door from your smart phone. There’s more to it than that, though. You can invite, or not invite, whomever you please. It’s easier than sending an email.
The idea is that you can forget the days of hiding keys under the mat for visitors; you simply invite visitors in from your phone, no matter where you are, and when they arrive the lock will let them in. When it’s time for them to leave, you un-invite them and your house is completely secure again. Yup, it’s that simple.
It tracks who’s using the lock and how frequently. You can use it when you get home, too, if you want to skip digging in a pocket for your keys and finding the right one. Just walk right up and walk right in. The app requires an aluminum locking mechanism, and the whole thing is $199.
Remember, anyone with a picture of your key can get it copied, so you’re actually safer with August. August will not be out in August, unfortunately, but it will be available a little later this year, at which point locking your door will never be the same. Pretty cool, huh?
What do you do when you have visitors coming to stay, but you’re not home? We get creative with key hiding and we want to hear your craziest methods, if you’re comfortable sharing them, that is. Tell us about it on Facebook and Twitter.