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Garage Door Opener -- done [Mar. 17th, 2007|11:29 am]
Brad Fitzpatrick
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Update on garage door opener via Treo: done.

Final solution: no SSL, inline JavaScript that changes the URL to ...?t=[unixtime]. If that time is recent, garage door opens.

All checked into svn (so I don't have to remember this all later), and tested... works great.

(As opposed to email, SMS, etc... I just have to hold one key and it works. Even if it takes 5-10 seconds, it's quicker than running inside, taking off shoes, etc...)

[User Picture]From: majestros
2007-03-17 06:45 pm (UTC)
I was trying to figure out why you couldn't just use a garage door opener, and finally realized that you just didn't want to carry one ;)
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[User Picture]From: brad
2007-03-17 06:58 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I already hate carrying the phone. And keys. And wallet.

All pretty annoying.

Next step I want to eliminate most the keys and change my front door to biometrics or something like this (if it weren't so ugly, not matching my house)
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[User Picture]From: toast0
2007-03-17 07:37 pm (UTC)
Why not get something like this which you could also control with your treo through x10. I think nobody should see this one when it's installed.

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[User Picture]From: brad
2007-03-17 08:03 pm (UTC)
Whoa, perfect. Thanks!
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[User Picture]From: brad
2007-03-17 08:09 pm (UTC)
Spoke too soon, not perfect: I only have a deadbolt lock. And nice door I don't want to replace. A low-tech solution with a mechanical keycode box outside with a key inside might be in order. (for out-of-power emergencies, and guest access... personally, I'll only enter through garage...)
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From: photwenny
2007-03-17 07:49 pm (UTC)

Electric strike plates at that same site!

Biometrics lost their novelty, for me anyway, after those thugs in Malaysia cut off some dude's hand (or maybe just a finger?) to steal his Mercedes.

The electric strike plates on smarthome.com (at the bottom of the fugly keypad lock page you linked) look pretty cool. You can hook them up to another X10 relay and pop it open the same way.
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[User Picture]From: jwz
2007-03-17 07:35 pm (UTC)
You should just have an RFID chip implanted in your neck. What's the range on those these days?
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