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August's beautiful smart lock goes up for pre-order at $199, shipping in Q1 2014

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The inventive and modern August smart lock is inching closer to availability today. The company has begun taking pre-orders for its beautiful Yves Behar-designed product that, like the Nest thermostat, aims to reinvigorate a market that's long lacked any real innovation. August set up a reservation list shortly after unveiling its "secure, simple, and social way to manage your home’s lock," but now it's moving one step further by collecting payment information with all pre-orders. To take some sting out of an extremely high $199 asking price, August is offering some nice incentives for buyers that get in early; you'll get to choose from a selection of limited-edition colors and receive priority shipping when the smart lock ships in the first quarter of 2014.

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Aside from making lock opening more social, August also wants to make sure you never accidentally leave the house unlocked again. It's today revealing a new feature called EverLock. The technology, which will come included with the main August mobile app, can sense when you've closed a door behind you and is smart enough to automatically lock the door — without any input on your end. We're very much looking forward to getting our hands on the August smart lock in the months ahead, so stay tuned for more coverage.