Today, the smart lock manufacturer August launched a new hardware series headlined by Smart Lock Pro. It is a Homekit-compatible retrofit device, packing the new “DoorSense” technology. This new technology makes users aware when their doors are left open. The company also launched another device with more affordability and a new version of the Doorbell Cam.
As for the Smart Lock Pro, it has an appearance similar to that of the original August lock. It has a price of $279 and showcases an enlarged puck design. This design makes the lock fitting for the deadbolt knobs. There are battery-powered motors inside for mechanical operations. These allow the users to lock, unlock, and check device status through a connected smartphone.
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The additional DoorSense feature has a magnetic sensor for monitoring whether your door is ajar or closed. It provides more security to the smart lock solution. In the auto-lock mode, the Smart Lock Pro won’t aim at throwing the deadbolt when DoorSense detects that the door is open. In an alternate case, the technology lets the auto-lock kick in when the sensor detects a closed door. The system is able enough to send alerts to users, letting them be aware that their doors is kept ajar.
August also revealed a third-generation Smart Lock, which is affordable. It has many internal trappings of the Smart Lock Pro, only that these are not packed with much show. Not cylindrical; rather, the design includes an oval shape with a standard thumb turn switch. It does not have HomeKit connectivity, and neither does it ship with the Connect bridge. Well, it does have the auto-lock features and the new DoorSense technology.
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The Smart Lock, priced at $149, is available today on August.com, along with the Smart Lock Pro.
Last but not least, the company also launched a second-generation Doorbell Cam Pro. It has an integrated floodlight, allowing users to color video captured at night. Furthermore, the device includes HindSight, which is a persistent buffer. This automatically adds a few seconds of video to a recording. The motion detection subsystem triggers the recording. The company promises improved video quality on the whole, as compared to the previous model.
HomeKit supports cameras as well, but the company did not integrate the technology into the Doorbell Cam Pro. The latter device will be revealed on October 10 and will be priced at $199.