The HiQ iOpener is a device that allows a user to activate their garage door opener using a smartphone.
Introducing the HiQ iOpener! The iOpener is a small device that you attach to your existing garage door opener – and operate with your smartphone via bluetooth. Your existing clickers and buttons will continue to operate normally, but you add the functionality and convenience of having another garage door button on your phone! All you need is a screwdriver and to plug it into an electrical outlet. You do not need an internet connection or to pay a subscription fee. You simply connect the iOpener, pair your phone to it and install the app. Security is provided with up to a 16 digit code and you can use the app or a widget to activate it. The bluetooth module we use has a specified range of 100m and in real world installations we are seeing ranges between 80 and 100 feet.
We are way beyond the idea stage, as you have seen in our video introduction. In order to get this into your garage we are using Kickstarter to promote the launch and fund the initial production run of the HiQ iOpener and HiQ 3Opener devices.
We see Kickstarter as a wonderful tool for small business owners to give their business the last "kick" to get over the hurdle of Launch. It provides a meeting point for customers to work directly with businesses in order to turn ideas into reality. In conjunction with Kickstarter, we will be using social networking, traditional advertising and a healthy dose of word-of-mouth to introduce the HiQ iOpener to the world. We need your help to make it all a reality.
Our goal of $50,000 will be used primarily to purchase inventory for the first production run. We have the tools and suppliers in place. The next step is to purchase the parts necessary in quantities enough to ensure profitability. We want to make sure HiQ is not just a one hit wonder, but a going concern. With your help and a little luck, HiQ automation will be the employer and livelihood for many people for years to come.
Our initial run of 350 units will satisfy our project goal, but we would like to sell many more. The setup for high capacity manufacturing of the HiQ iOpener will require a sizable investment and the customer demand to make that investment viable. More manufacturing capacity, insurance, attorneys, licensing costs and sustainable packaging are all part of our plan – but nothing on our list comes for free. The amount of help from you, the Kickstarter community, will help us determine our production capacity and ultimately how big of a product we actually have.
The HiQ iOpener for Android is nearly ready to ship and the HiQ iOpener for iOS is currently under development. We're still working on the hardware licensing and software for iOS devices. We hope to have that done soon and the more help we get from you, the sooner it will happen.
Thank you Kickstarter! Be sure to check back often as we plan to update you often with our progress reports. We are looking forward to you helping us make this a great product and a great company!
HiQ automation, LLC is owned and operated by Steve Szymke and Joshua Gramlich.
The Bluetooth module we use supports up to 8 phone pairings at the same time.
In beta testing we are seeing real world maximum ranges of between 80 and 100 feet.
We at HiQ aren't big fans of connecting our garage doors to the internet, which is one of the reasons we chose to go with Bluetooth instead of Wifi. What you can do is buy a Wifi webcam from a company like D-Link (or, if we have the resources, from us later this year). A Wifi web cam will allow you not only to check whether your door is open from your phone or any browser, you can see if your car is still there too, if, say, you're on vacation. I personally don't care if hackers can see how dirty my garage is, just as long as they can't open my garage door from Moscow.
Short answer, yes. The hardware is the same. Apple, however, uses a proprietary Bluetooth specification that requires hardware vendors to join Apple's Made for iPod program.
We will be joining this program as soon as cashably possible. If we can before the project ends, we will, but our current best guess towards us meeting all of Apple's requirements for the program will be Q3 2012.
Hey, we love our iPhones too! :-D