August Doorbell Cam

Know who’s at the front door, even when you’re not home

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Chris Messina
Chris MessinaHunter@chrismessina · Product designer & entrepreneur
August's offerings are like Tesla entering the car market: all the things, connected to a centralized system. I wonder if this is the pattern most IoT companies will follow?
Greg Barbosa
Greg Barbosa@deleted-38128 · Founder, Prayer Hands Apparel
@chrismessina I don't see why not. From a dev perspective, it helps in building products on one "platform". From a marketing perspective, it can help build brand loyalty. Create awesome products that people love, create an ecosystem people love using, and then people become loyal to the brand.
Chris Messina
Chris MessinaHunter@chrismessina · Product designer & entrepreneur
@gregbarbosa sure. It's just like — I hope there's a way for customers to migrate to other platforms in the event of a sale/shutdown/pivot/etc. I mean, if your IoT door lock company suddenly capsizes??
Greg Barbosa
Greg Barbosa@deleted-38128 · Founder, Prayer Hands Apparel
@chrismessina Agreed. This reminds me of when Nest servers had issues a few weeks back and thermostats, smoke detectors, and cameras (many used as baby monitors) were all taken offline. It's very scary, and I had hopes HomeKit would help out as a central point but I'm not sure that's the case any longer.
Farid el Nasire
Farid el Nasire@faridelnasire · Founder & Hacker
You should figure out a way to connect this to smartwatches. Would love to immediately see who's at the door when the bell rings and I'm in the attic.