One of the fastest-growing areas of tech is the connected home. Whether you’re talking about smart thermostats or iPhone-controlled light bulbs, our homes are more connected than ever before. Yves Behar, founder of Fuseproject and mastermind behind Jawbone, is getting his feet wet in the connected home with the recently unveiled smart door lock August. August uses Bluetooth to pair your front door’s lock to your smartphone, letting you unlock it through a touch of an app. You can grant customized access to others remotely, like giving a nanny access all day or letting a dog walker only be able to get in between 3 and 4 pm. Worried about security? August doesn’t use an internet connection at all, minimizing the risk of hacks, and it tracks all unlocks in an online log. If your phone dies or you leave it inside, August still lets you unlock your front door using a traditional key – but who wants to do that when you can use your phone?
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Shelly Palmer is the Professor of Advanced Media in Residence at Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications and CEO of The Palmer Group, a consulting practice that helps Fortune 500 companies with technology, media and marketing. Named LinkedIn’s “Top Voice in Technology,” he covers tech and business for Good Day New York, is a regular commentator on CNN and writes a popular daily business blog. He's a bestselling author, and the creator of the popular, free online course, Generative AI for Execs. Follow @shellypalmer or visit shellypalmer.com.