JsChiSurf, a member of mobile phone development community XDA, wanted a way to open his current garage door with his Android smartphone. So he built a system himself.
The system consists of a custom Android application called “OpenSezMe,” which JsChiSurf wrote himself, as well as a Linux PC, and a serial port relay controller to open and close the circuit that controls the garage door’s open/close capability. The OpenSezMe application controls the garage door over a data connection, and thanks to the GPS support built into Android’s operating system, can only open or close the door if the device is within a certain distance of the home.
Interested in seeing how this custom garage door opener works? We’ve embedded a demonstration video below.