That annoying feeling of not knowing if you closed your garage door after leaving the house is one that happens far too often. This small but frustrating problem may be a thing of the past if this tech company gets its Indiegogo project funded. Seattle-based Senclo has created a smart garage door opener that monitors your garage at all times and can be controlled from anywhere.
The universal smart garage door opener, called Fi, automatically detects when you’re pulling into the driveway. Launched on crowdfunding site Indiegogo this month, the device can control your garage using an HD touchscreen controller, an Apple Smart Watch or with voice command through Google Assistant or Alexa.
Here’s how it works: Fi’s controller can be mounted in your house and the door sensor attaches to your garage door rail. Using Wifi, the controller can be connected to the sensor and your smart devices. With Fi’s app, users can control the smart device to lock and unlock their garage door.
With a focus on convenience and security, Fi includes various smart features that can be activated on the controller and through the app. Using geolocation technology, users can have Fi automatically open or close their garage based on their location. With secure cloud access, Fi can also be connected to mobile devices from anywhere. This is a helpful feature for remote users who need to open the garage for visiting family members or friends. Visitors can also access your garage using keyless entry on the controller. On Fi’s controller, notes can be left for other house members and users can view an activity log listing garage access with user information and a timestamp.
Fi has the ability to work with existing door openers and can control up to three garages. So far, the garage opener has raised $6,900 USD of its $10,000 USD goal. Fi retails at $119 USD and the first shipment is slated for December 2017.