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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 11-22-2008, 04:31 PM Thread Starter
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G1 as a garage door opener?! Maybe.

Much needed garage door opener hack becomes available for forgetful people

Now that developers are pushing out the first wave of hacks we are seeing ideas and concepts that are amazing. The latest hack that we have stumbled upon is the garage door opener. Now you can program your G1 to open your garage when you don’t have you real garage door opener.

Brad Fitzpatric has managed to bring the T-Mobile G1 more use in no time at all. As far as we know you wont be seeing this “hack” in the Android Market. Every time we see a new hack it is always bigger and better, we just can’t wait to see what will be next. The one hack we are still waiting for is the ability to remotely control your PC through the G1.

“I got it all working. I now have an Android Activity (GarageDoorActivity) which interacts with an Android Service I wrote (InRangeService), letting me start and stop the service’s wifi scanning task. The service gets the system WifiManager, holds a WifiLock to keep the radio active, and then does a Wifi scan every couple seconds, looking for my house.

When my house is in range, it does the magic HTTP request to my garage door opener’s webserver (HMAC-signed timestamped URL, for non-replayability/forgeability if sniffed) and my garage door opens. Complete with a bunch of fun Toast notifications (like Growl) and Android Notifications (both persistent ongoing notifications for background scanning, and one-time notifications for things like the garage door actually opening).”

Brad has made the source code available as would anyone who truly supports the open source community, to anyone who wishes to give it a try. We must warn you it takes a little bit of work, this is not your standard point and click application download. We would love to hear reports and reviews for those of you who were able to get this to work.


Not sure if this will be applicable to everyone's garage door opener. But I love that people are constantly playing with the platform. Oh and so you all know an anti-virus program is coming too. I mean if you can load programs why not be able to load a virus, right?

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I'm more shocked that his opener is connected to the internet.

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I'm more shocked that his opener is connected to the internet.
That is exactly my drunken thought. *hiccup*
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I'm more shocked that his opener is connected to the internet.
oh the electrical devices i would have connected to the intrawebz.......
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Yeah, I'm not surprised at all. Sign of the times lads.
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