Personally, I’ve never lived in a home with a garage. But if the number of press releases I get for products promising a better garage door experience are any indication, those things must be the single most frustrating, annoying, time-consuming point of entry any home could possibly have. The latest — and if I’m being completely honest, one of the neatest — app-controlled garage door opening systems I’ve seen lately is Garageio (and seriously, all I can think when I read that name is, “It’s-a me! Garageio!“).
Garageio consists of a simple Wi-Fi connected box that in you install yourself in a matter of minutes. According to the company, all you need is a screwdriver and a latter. Up to three doors can be controlled by one device, and they don’t even have to be the same brand or model of opener. Once that’s done, you simply download the control app for your smartphone of choice (iOS 4.3+ or Android 2.2+), and enable access for up to ten individual users.
If you’re worried about security, the company’s FAQ has the following:
Is Garageio secure?
Yes. Garageio uses industry standard security technology to keep your data and access to your garage safe and secure. Online communications that take place between you, your Garageio Blackbox, the Garageio mobile phone app, the Garageio servers, and Garageio.com are secured using the same technology as online banking. Sensitive data (such as your password) are stored securely in our databases. In addition, we have put in place numerous security mechanisms to prevent unauthorized access to your Garageio Blackbox. Garageio continues to update our security standards as technology evolves.
I lost my phone! What do I do?
That is terrible to hear! Don’t panic. Send an email to email@example.com explaining that your phone has been lost. After confirming some basic information, Garageio can disable access to the lost device.
Now for the bad news: Garageio isn’t actually shipping yet. The company expects to start filling orders in December 2013 for the $149, but on the upside, there are no monthly fees to worry about.
If you’re interested, you can sign up at garageio.com/updates to get up-to-the-minute news and notifications when Garageio is finally available on the market.