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Tech skeptics have been calling the iPhone a mere toy since its introduction, but the proliferation of apps and ancillaries tells a different story. From the "what will they think of next?" file comes MyDoorOpener, a two-pronged hardware/software solution for turning your iPhone into a garage door opener. That's right, to replace one thing, you need two! The rub is that you'll have your iPhone with you anyway, and if your car's not equipped with HomeLink, then the MyDoorOpener solution could mean one less thing to rattle around in the center console.

The software is not yet approved, oh, and you'll have to build the receiver unit, too. That's right, break out the soldering iron and get comfortable with integrated circuits and transistors. It's not simple for everyone, but it's not rocket surgery, either. Lest the tinfoil in your hat start to chafe your scalp, rest assured that communications between devices is encrypted for security. All the instructions and details are at MyDoorOpener.com, and at least they provide schematics so you can make the stuff yourself, instead of buying some black box that puts your monthly balance in the red.

[Source: MyDoorOpener.com | Photo: Oleg Alexandrov CC2.0]

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      Davey Hiltz
      • 3 Months Ago

      Ok, I finally broke down and set it up and so far so good. That doesn't change the fact that I'm still paranoid. Either way, It's been a big help. We actually lost our original garage door opener so that's nice to be able to still get in.


      Davey Hiltz
      • 4 Months Ago

      Now that's a very nifty idea. However, I do think about the possible security issue with mobile devices. More and more everyday people are getting their information hacked into and stolen. I would know, I work for a company doing exploits. Anyway, I'm not sure I'd want a thief to crack my phone and still that info, he's then breaking into my home at that point.


      • 5 Years Ago
      Hmmm, you can start your car with an iPhone, open your garage, and it has your personal info, such as home address in it, that make the iPhone a dream device for a thief. If only it unlocked the front door to your house and maybe had the code to the safe as well. Maybe someone will add a social security number app so you can put that on your iPhone as well.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Audiovox/RCA is introducing this exact product (already built.. no DIY), under the Zentral brand. It was announced at CES.... They will also have a universal remote control for your AV/Home Theater, and an option to let you control a second iPod via your Touch or iPhone (kinda dumb...). Pricing for all the different units will be under $89 and there will also be a Blackberry option (Pearl, Curve, 8800 sereis, BOld 9000, Storm). The iPod version will work on the touch and phone.

      The Zentral communicates using Bluetooth. The AV remote is cool because Audiovox/RCA/Acoustic Research manufacturer a large majority of the universal remote and so they already have the codes and such.
      And for those worries about personal info and having your life in your phone, you can program a lock PIN that needs to be entered before unlocking the phone.
      • 5 Years Ago
      And here's a YouTube vid:

      (and I don't work for them..... I did just meet with them to discuss the product though).
      • 5 Years Ago
      I must be the only one wondering why there's an F1 car in his garage.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Hey - paint your garage! How can anyone live with mudded drywall like that? Looks low rent and terrible. I see this a lot, even in expensive homes.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I don't have my garage walls painted, but I have several posters of cars, beer, and hot chicks hung up for you not to notice.
      Iain Munro
      • 1 Year Ago
      Hi There Came across this for opening garage doors with your iPhone. https://www.facebook.com/pages/Mobile-GDO/597015197036833 Iain
      • 5 Years Ago
      I wonder who the target market is on this one. Hard to put together hardware (for the average joe, soldiering and circuit boards isn't something that's considered "easy") and the iPhone, loved largely by Mac-ophiles, who love nothing more than simplicity - according to all the Apple marketing and stereotypes, that is. I wouldn't think most iPhone users would be technically inclined, as the tech geeks that like stuff like this usually know that there are better phones, especially for the money. Unless you like Apple's closed ecosystem and limitations, such as no multitasking (BBerry Storm even has that :P), no user replaceable battery, app store only - no custom apps, etc... This stuff can be done by a user very easily with another phone, such as the Nokia N900 :)
      • 5 Years Ago
      Simpsons did it!! (by that i mean blackberry already has it) jajajaja
      • 5 Years Ago
      I know the who, what, when, where and how but something's missing
        • 5 Years Ago
        How the post should've been titled. "Hey turn your iPhone into an actual phone that has enough battery life to hold a conversation after you're done molesting the phone with your fingers and touching all over the screen from the tons of useless apps you've downloaded."
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