SHINY NEW GADGET THE MONTH : August Doorbell Cam Pro

SHINY NEW GADGET THE MONTH : August Doorbell Cam Pro

It’s 3 a.m. You and your family are all tucked away in your beds, snoozing away. Suddenly, the doorbell rings, and everyone is shocked awake. Who is that? What do they want? And, most importantly, what should you do?

It’s a dicey situation, but luckily, modern technology has an answer — the August Doorbell Cam Pro. Another addition to the endless list of “smart home” offerings, the device is a small, unassuming square doorbell. At any time — say, when a dark figure is looming on your porch in the middle of the night — you can open up your phone and take a look through the August Doorbell’s camera. After that, if you feel like a conversation is in order, you can talk through the device’s built-in microphone and speakers. With the ability to sync up to August’s smart locks and Amazon’s Alexa, the August Doorbell Cam Pro is a vital and convenient security addition to any smart home. cnbc.com