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Old September 14th, 2012, 09:52 PM   #51 (permalink)
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So you're the dev? Might have been helpful to reveal that information with your previous post. So make this work I need to use your app and an Arduino controller thingy? What if I have multiple garage doors? Can it be done with a single controller or do I need one for each garage door? Does your app have provisions for multiple garage doors?
Let me edit the earlier post then.
Re multiple garage doors. The No soldering version has 4 relay outputs. So you could control upto 4 doors. You would need to add code to the Arduino to pulse the other relays. I would be happy to give you a hand if you need it.

p.s. if you update you post to reference pfodAppScreen_small.png it will reduce the size of the image

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Let me edit the earlier post then.
Re multiple garage doors. The No soldering version has 4 relay outputs. So you could control upto 4 doors. You would need to add code to the Arduino to pulse the other relays. I would be happy to give you a hand if you need it.

p.s. if you update you post to reference pfodAppScreen_small.png it will reduce the size of the image
I'm a bit confused on what hardware I would need. The Arduino website is a little bit vague on what does what and what the prices of things are. So people here know, what hardware do you need, where do you get it and what is the cost?
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re: your ninja edit... done.
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Old September 14th, 2012, 10:21 PM   #54 (permalink)
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I'm a bit confused on what hardware I would need. The Arduino website is a little bit vague on what does what and what the prices of things are. So people here know, what hardware do you need, where do you get it and what is the cost?
Here is a parts list for to No soldering required version

Parts List for No Soldering required Arduino Garage Door Remote Control
(and the suppliers I used.) and prices as at 15th Sept. 2012

Arduino Uno R3 -- http://www.robotgear.com.au AUD$36.85
BT SHIELD (SLAVE) -- http://imall.iteadstudio.com/im120417006.html US$17.00
Relay Shield http://www.seeedstudio.com/depot/relay-shield-p-693.html Relay shield [POW113B1P] - Seeed Studio Bazaar US$20.00
9V power supply (comes with 2.1mm DC power connector option) -- http://www.jaycar.com.au/productView.asp?ID=MP3146 AUD$17.95

you will also need this USB lead (if you don't have one) to program the Arduino Uno
USB Cable Lead A to B 3m -- http://www.jaycar.com.au/productView.asp?ID=WC7701 AUD$11.95

And of course an Android mobile and the pfodApp (AUD $5.39) -- the one pfodApp can be used to control all your pfodDevices.

p.s. updated the http://www.forward.com.au/pfod/GarageDoorRemote/index.html web page with this parts list
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As for controlling more doors. Here is a screen shot of a possible Android control
for 2 doors

and here is the additional Arduino code required to get this screen
{^Garage Doors
Press to Open/Close|1~Door 1|2~Door 2|||}

No changes to the Andriod pfodApp are necessary.

Or 4 doors


and here is the additional Arduino code required to get this screen
{.Garage Doors
Press to Open/Close|1~Door 1
Open/Close|2~Door 2
Open/Close|3~Door 3
Open/Close|4~Door 4
Open/Close}
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Here is a parts list for to No soldering required version

Parts List for No Soldering required Arduino Garage Door Remote Control
(and the suppliers I used.) and prices as at 15th Sept. 2012

Arduino Uno R3 -- Robot Gear - Hobby robotics and electronics parts for Australia AUD$36.85
BT SHIELD (SLAVE) -- BT Shield (Slave) - Arduino Stackable Bluetooth Shield US$17.00
Relay Shield Relay shield [POW113B1P] - $20.00 : Seeed Studio Bazaar, Boost ideas, extend the reach Relay shield [POW113B1P] - Seeed Studio Bazaar US$20.00
9V power supply (comes with 2.1mm DC power connector option) -- 9VDC 500mA Ultra-slim Switchmode Power Adaptors - Jaycar Electronics AUD$17.95

you will also need this USB lead (if you don't have one) to program the Arduino Uno
USB Cable Lead A to B 3m -- USB 2.0 Lead A to B 3m - Jaycar Electronics AUD$11.95

And of course an Android mobile and the pfodApp (AUD $5.39) -- the one pfodApp can be used to control all you pfodDevices.

p.s. update the Garage Door Remote pfodDevice™ for Arduino web page with this parts list
A couple things 1) this is a US based site so listing the prices in USD would be helpful and 2) the module you linked to is Bluetooth so does that mean you have to be within bluetooth range for this to work? The option I listed with the Foscam security camera will work from anywhere I have a data connection with my cell phone which is what I'm looking for.
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Sorry about the prices, I purchased some of my parts locally in Australia hence the AUD pricing US$ should be less due to exchange rate and the fact that parts are often less costly in the US. Also shipping has not been included. Usually much more expensive to get the parts shipped to/within Australia then in the US

Yes this is a bluetooth solution that requires you to be within bluetooth range. How often do you need to open your garage door from a remote location?

here is an updated parts list with US suppliers instead of the Australian ones and with US$ pricing as at 12th Sept 2012

Arduino Uno - R3 https://www.sparkfun.com/products/11021 US$29.95
BT SHIELD (SLAVE) -- http://imall.iteadstudio.com/im120417006.html US$17.00
Relay Shield http://www.seeedstudio.com/depot/relay-shield-p-693.html Relay shield [POW113B1P] - Seeed Studio Bazaar US$20.00
Wall Adapter Power Supply - 9VDC 650mA with 2.1mm connector https://www.sparkfun.com/products/298 US$5.95
USB Cable A to B - 6 Foot https://www.sparkfun.com/products/512 US$3.95
pfodApp https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=au.com.forward.pfodApp US$5.12
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Sorry about the prices, I purchased some of my parts locally in Australia hence the AUD pricing US$ should be less due to exchange rate and the fact that parts are often less costly in the US. Also shipping has not been included. Usually much more expensive to get the parts shipped to/within Australia then in the US

Yes this is a bluetooth solution that requires you to be within bluetooth range. How often do you need to open your garage door from a remote location?
Quite frequently when you have the ability to easily do so actually. I use it all the time now that I have it and would hate not having it now that I'm used to it. That's really the whole point to this thread IMO is to have a solution that allows you to control remotely. There have been plenty of times that a door is left open or I needed to let someone in and it's a snap to just go to the app on my phone and click a button to open the door. With the cameras I can double check to make sure that the doors didn't get left open. Other than the minor inconveniences I listed it's really a useful tool. I was hoping that yours was a solution that would allow the same functionality via my home network. If I have to be within bluetooth range I wouldn't be interested. Probably a good solution for someone looking for that though.
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Quite frequently when you have the ability to easily do so actually. I use it all the time now that I have it and would hate not having it now that I'm used to it. That's really the whole point to this thread IMO is to have a solution that allows you to control remotely. There have been plenty of times that a door is left open or I needed to let someone in and it's a snap to just go to the app on my phone and click a button to open the door. With the cameras I can double check to make sure that the doors didn't get left open. Other than the minor inconveniences I listed it's really a useful tool. I was hoping that yours was a solution that would allow the same functionality via my home network. If I have to be within bluetooth range I wouldn't be interested. Probably a good solution for someone looking for that though.
In principle pfod can operate over any medium, even SMS since msgs are limited to 255 chars. In practice the currently available Android app only uses bluetooth. I have it on my list of things to do to add wifi P2P connections but so far having too much fun controlling stuff via bluetooth. Also foreign language support will probably come first.

p.s. Actually just remembered that Arduino has an ethernet board
http://arduino.cc/en/Main/ArduinoEthernetShield
So you could replace the bluetooth board with that one and connect it to your network.
Arduino comes with web server code so I assume you could connect to it from your mobile as a web page.
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As for translations, can't you use a translation site for those? Or are you planning on letting volunteers translate for you?

Our current home alarm system can be enabled and disabled via an app on my phone, and I can remote start my car via another app, both over data plans / WiFi. So, yeah, it can be done, and it would be major wicked lol
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Our current home alarm system can be enabled and disabled via an app on my phone, and I can remote start my car via another app, both over data plans / WiFi. So, yeah, it can be done, and it would be major wicked lol
Yep, we have all that too. I even have some interesting functions in my vehicles that can be controlled via phone app in addition to the usual lock/unlock and remote start.
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As for translations, can't you use a translation site for those? Or are you planning on letting volunteers translate for you?
On my web page I am asking for expressions of interest in foreign language versions. But since the screens are determined by the micro-pages sent to the mobile, it is more about taking the time to make sure my android code is correctly handling and displaying UTF8. There a few application messages that need translation like "Waiting for Response" but that not many. I would start with auto translations and wait for the laughter.
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Auto translations have gotten a lot better. I've found a site that allows for crowd-sourcing for translations....it has gotten great reviews from 3 dif devs I know / have communicated with.
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Here is a photo of the No soldering and No Android programming version of the Android controlled garage door opener



see pfodApp™ and pfodDevices™ for all the details
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Try this Bluetooth Method to open and close Hardware needed
  1. Android Phone
  2. Samsung HM1100 Bluetooth device
  3. Transistor from Radio Shack
  4. On your phone download GD Mate from the Market.
Step to connect the Bluetooth device to your garage door.



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That is pretty cool. I do have my spare rooted evo around that maybe I'll try this out just to show off how cool of a setup I can have. I didn't really like the GDMate app though (It bothered me to have to open the app to open the door) so I wrote a widget for it instead. smcgrath, If you want to check it out you can find it here for a dollar. Let me know if you buy it and I'll refund the money.
This sounds kind of neat I might order a samsung bluetooth to try this. Does this refund deal apply to all members :P
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