The garage door monitor - #EverydayEngineers
Categories: Design Technology
Garage Doors Flushline Stone Grey Finish" by Cary Peterson is licensed under CC BY-ND 2.0.
Hacking is all about using technology to find innovative solutions to everyday problems. When Alex Mourer found he kept accidentally leaving his garage door open overnight, he began experimenting with a Raspberry Pi to try to solve the problem.
Why did you decide to make a garage door monitor?
There have been a few times where I would walk outside in the morning to notice that my wife or I had left our garage door open all night. After looking at possible solutions to purchase, the tinkerer in me came out and I decided to just make something instead.
How does it help you?
I have two garage bay doors and one standard entry door in my garage. If either of the garage bay doors have been open for 15 minutes, I will get a text message alerting me that the door is open. As soon as the entryway door has been opened I will be alerted that the door is open. Forgetting to close my garage door is no longer an issue.
How did you learn how to use your Raspberry Pi?
A lot of trial and error. My initial purpose for buying a Raspberry Pi was for an XBMC media centre. Four Raspberry Pis later I have a media centre, a Christmas light show system, the beginning of a Pi Copter and a garage monitoring system.
How much did all the parts cost?
I had most of the parts already laying around so it's hard to say. I would think that I could recreate this for $60 or so.
What tips would you give to someone who is interested in making something with a Raspberry Pi?
Don't be limited by what other people have done. The Pi is such a neat piece of tech and can really do so many things. Just think of something and start working.
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