Did you know you can set up your garage door so you can open it via the Internet? I’m going to show you how, using an Electric Imp development board. You can get the code for this project on the Geekbeat TV Github page. This is handy for a couple of reasons. One is that you can open the garage door if your regular opener isn’t working. Also you can let someone like a pet sitter into your house without giving them the key. I like it so I can stay in my video editing suite and when someone calls me and wants in my house, I just have to open a website quick.
Here are the parts and tools you need for this build:
1x Electric Imp
Lots of two conductor wire (You need this to connect the garage doors to the relay board. I got this at my local hardware store for $0.19 per foot.)
Soldering Iron and Solder (Any kind would work but a Soldering Station is preferred)
Screwdrivers-You need a small one for the relay board and assorted ones to open and connect to your garage door.
Android or iOS device
Apart from these parts and tools, you just need a couple of hours and only a small bit of DIY electronics knowledge. You don’t need any special app on your phone to open it. If you want to, you could hook up a Dropcam like the ones in the Geek House and check to see if the garages are open.