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Android Phone Garage Door Opener App Nerd Out

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I don’t have much to say about this video, mostly because I don’t really understand what is happening (har har). But the gist of it is that a person who knows how to do such things has created an app for his Android phone that essentially makes his device a virtual garage door remote. And, using a GPS feature, makes it possible to deactivate the remote app if he’s not within a certain radius of his home (to protect against accidentally opening it while at work or on vacation). He also adds a pin-code feature for added security.

He calls the app OpenSezMe, and in a recent post on the XDA Developers Forum, describes its development as follows, “I happen to have an old Linux box running as a mail/Web server in my garage that also has a serial port. So I said to myself, "Self, wouldn't it be cool if I could interface the serial port on the Linux box to a relay switch that would enable me to send commands out, via the serial port, to toggle the relay switch on/off, with the goal of mimicking the button press of a garage door pad on your garage wall, and control all of this via my phone?”

To read his full post, including an in-depth description of this app’s development and video demo of it in use, click here.

Safety issues aside, it’s fun to see people with innovative tendencies outside of the industry tinkering with garage door system possibilities.

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