Yes, folks, that's right. Sears just sent me an email titled "New garage
door opener with Internet connectivity". The web site linked in the
message says "UNPRECEDENTED CONTROL AND PEACE OF MIND. Finally, a garage
door opener you can control from thousands of miles away."
Looks to me like a solution in desperate search for a problem.
As there's no information provided other than you opinion on the
matter it's tough to tell what the thrust of the thing is. Perhaps
it's meant to lock down the garage remotely so your kid doesn't take
your Ferrari out of the garage ala Ferris Bueller's Day Off.
If yer too stupid to secure a Ferrari, except as a too-late
afterthought, you deserve whatever you get. Hackers have been
compromising everything on the net, including govts and the most
prestigious financial institutions. You think a garage door opener
net service will be more secure? Chrystonacrutch, these cloud con
criminals have you clowns right where they want you.
I'd say the main purpose would be in case you're at
the airport and you don't remember if you closed the
garage door. Another use would be if while traveling
you find out you need to let a friend into the house for
some unexpected reason, But, I wouldn't say it's
high on my list of features.
Ummm...I think you need to work on taking things too literally, big
But with the opener thing, who knows? - just because I haven't thought
of a good reason doesn't mean there aren't any. Let's do a quick
Okay, here's one:
"I'm up for that idea. Better than giving out a password a contractor
or something could use whenver. They call you , you open the door,
close it when they are done, end of story."
That makes sense to me. Controlling semi-trusted people's access...I
can think of a number of situations where that would come in handy.
It doesn't really cost that much to add an internet interface to just
about anything. Most things built these days already have a computer
in it. An example is your alarm clock, they dont use clock chips
anymore they use a computer. It doesnt cost more than a few cents to
add a LAN connection to it. Same is true of the microwave ,stove, TV,
You name it. I always believed in the KISS principal. Using a uP to
turn on a light just seemed stupid to me when you could use a
transistor and a relay but this isnt true any more when the little uP
cost less than the relay, can be programed to monitor a large number
of inputs and output to a LAN for about a dime.
You bet. Sometime back I read about some college students who hooked up the
dorm's soda dispensing machine to the internet. It could tell you in a nonce
whether your favorite beverage was available, thereby possibly saving you a
trip down the hall.
As a practical application, such a device could save a stop for the
soda-machine refilling person. Heck, I bet the concept could even be
expanded to, oh, gumball machines.
I don't know much about dogs, but wouldn't a feeding hopper with a timer be
more dependable? Unless, of course, the internet model had a speaker so the
dog could hear his master's voice.
Thought: Does a dog who depends on an internet-connected food bowl use a
litter-box? I mean if you're going to be away for such a long time that a
wi-fi food filler is necessary...
More likely, the college geeks just hacked into the onboard web site it
already had. Most pop/commercial vending machines the past 10 years or
so have (at least as a factory option) on onboard web page, and LAN or
polling dialup connection. In addition to calling home when it needs a
refill, it also includes tilt switch and power-has-been-off and other
alarm capabilities. That machine that sells ice cream sandwiches? Power
goes off, you want the route guy out there pronto, to empty/clean it.
They ain't fancy web pages- similar to the one your home router probably
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