Why consider the August over competitors like Lockitron or Goji? Yves Behar, the man behind the Jawbone Jambox speaker and the Jawbone UP, designed the August. The result is something that looks like the future, but is subtle enough not to distract from a door’s wood grain.  Photo 2 of 6 in 5 Ways to Make Your Home Smarter

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"Smartphone-operated door locks from companies like August and Kwikset are great," Raizin says. "No more leaving a spare key under the mat, and if your hands are full, the device recognizes your phone and unlocks the door for you."