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Last updated March 21, 2014

RinkuHaus G-Link: Control Your Garage With Your Headlights

The RinkuHaus G-Link allows you to control your garage opener with the flash of your headlights. Works for both Cars and Motorcycles!

RinkuHaus G-Link: Control Your Garage With Your Headlights

The RinkuHaus G-Link allows you to control your garage opener with the flash of your headlights. Works for both Cars and Motorcycles!

$1,912
pledged of $8,000pledged of $8,000 goal
23
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Sat, December 7 2013 12:58 AM UTC +00:00
Last updated March 21, 2014

About

Never lose your garage opener again

We've all been through it. Forgetting where we put the remote or who we lent it to. The frustration of not being able to get in or out of your home when you're running late. Dropping or even running over the remote (yes it really happened and it was expensive to replace). Even remembering to change the batteries. We knew there was a better way.

A Better Garage Door Controller
A Better Garage Door Controller

 The RinkuHaus G-Link gives you the power to operate your garage door with a flash of your head lights! Free yourself from the hassle and dangers of carrying a classic remote opener. Gain the convenience of not needing to search for your remote or losing it altogether. For you motorcycle riders, no more taking off gloves or digging in your pack.

Improved Safety and Security
Improved Safety and Security

The RinkuHaus G-Link provides increased security from theft of the opener to gain access to your home. Recently there have been even more of these home break-ins using the remote. This just happened: KTVU Channel 2 October 15th!  (http://www.ktvu.com/news/news/thieves-use-car-garage-door-opener-to-rob-north-ba/nKwKK/) With the RinkuHaus G-Link, it becomes part of your car or motorcycle and features rolling code technology to help prevent your signal being stolen by signal snoopers.

Don't forget, it's pretty cool to flash your high beams and make the door open, it's like magic...

Power At Your Fingertips
Power At Your Fingertips

How does it work?

By flashing your high beams, a signal is sent from the G-Link transmitter in your vehicle to a receiver connected to the garage door motor, which then operates the door.

The RinkuHaus G-Link works on any car or motorcycle with a standard 12-volt electrical system.  

No need to search for opener on the visor or take off your motorcycle gloves, just flash your high beams.

The G-Link Standard kit will come pre-programmed to function on 2-flashes. 

To operate, Just flash once and HOLD the last flash!

Works even with gloves on
Works even with gloves on

It's Expandable! 

Not only can you use it for one door or vehicle, the system is easily expandable by just adding more receivers or transmitters.
Operation is simple, you can flash 1-5 times and send 5 different signals to control a multitude of receivers.

Here's an example of what you can do if you had 2 Garage doors with RinkuHaus G-Link Receivers:
  • Flash Once and HOLD Second Flash: Opens or Closes your Main Garage Door
  • Flash Twice and HOLD Third Flash: Opens or Closes your Secondary Garage Door
  • Flash Three times and HOLD Fourth Flash: Opens or Closes Both Main and Secondary Garage Doors Simultaneously.
That's just an example of how you could program the G-Link system to operate. 

You can set it up any way you want for 1-5 flashes.

Say you own a business that has multiple vehicles that access a motorized door or gate, you can install a G-Link transmitter on all those vehicles and just one receiver on the door/gate and all those vehicles can now control it. One receiver can pair with 20 different codes.

Or maybe you have multiple homes (parents home, vacation home, etc.) that have garage doors and you don't want to carry a different remote for each. You can just install a G-Link receiver on each of those doors and use the single transmitter in your car to operate all the doors. You can even set it up so all those doors respond to the same amount of flashes.

2-and-2 Simple Installation 

Installation is just 2-wires to the vehicle's high beam and 2-wires to the back of the garage opener motor (and an AC adapter). 

On the back of your garage door/gate opener motor you have two wires that run to your wall button switch that operates the
door. Just connect the two wires from the Receiver to these two terminals on the garage door motor. Plug in the AC Adapter and that's it.  Check out the video to see how easy it is.

On your vehicle, you will just need to locate the two wires that are connected to one of your high beams. Tap into those two wires with the supplied connectors (no cutting needed) and you are all set.

Will it work with my vehicle / opener?

The Transmitter will work with virtually all cars, trucks, motorcycles, or any vehicle with a 12-volt electrical system. Any vehicle with a high beam that can be activated by pulling on the turn-signal stalk is compatible with this product.
The Receiver is compatible with most garage door and gate openers manufactured from 1983. There are a few models manufactured from 2011-on that may not work, we've compiled a short list of incompatible models, please contact us if you recently purchased a opener in the last few years and we can let you know if it's on our list.

Design: Form and Function
Design: Form and Function

Development Status

We've been cranking for almost two years to make this thing happen.We started with dream and a pencil. We then found our electrical engineers Howard and Jessica to help put our specs into a test box (Shoutout to H and J!). A lot of testing has been done to ensure sufficient range and simple install.

Range was a big issue in the beginning, we used different antenna lengths and coils to get the perfect range. Even when installed inside a headlamp under the hood, typical operation range is 50-85ft. Of course the range is dependent on your vehicle and any obstructions that might dull the transmission. We also solved the range issue by including an AC adapter to the Receiver, without it, some garage openers could not pump out enough juice to power it.

Activation - the Human factor : We knew we want to use the high beam to flash and open the door. That's easy. But how do we go further? It needed to do more. So we had to come up with a way to not just send one signal but different signals so the user can control more doors (or other things). So we spent the majority of our time figuring out a way to do 5 different signals? Why 5? Not because we love 5-dollar foot longs, but after running usage testing on friends and family of different ages, we found 5 flashes is the max people can keep track of. Then we needed to find out how to make activating the 5 signals easy and intuitive. We started with just flashing multiple times but if we did that, you couldn't tell which you really wanted and if you messed up it would activate the wrong thing. We eventually came up with the HOLD operation. The user will just HOLD the last flash until it operated the door. Once users were told how to use it, they picked it up quickly. So that's how we came up with the Flash and HOLD.

Testing is key. We tested multiple cars, garage openers, and most importantly, people, to make sure our unit was compatible with most applications. We thought about detail and real world installations so we make the unit small as possible and added mounting holes to the design. With the final prototype housing shape we are confident we've got form and function.

Current Status: Our current prototype has additional wires for direct battery hook up which won't be necessary in the final production. It will be just 2 and 2 Simple install as described above in the install section. The prototype molds seen are hand made and the color is not final and may vary slightly. We will also need to source wire connectors, wire ties, double stick adhesive, and AC adapters to complete the all in one kit. This will all be included in the Starter Kit offered in our backer levels. We want you have everything needed for install in one box. Just bring your own screwdriver.

The Future... We don't plan on stopping here. This is just the start for us. You know how you can send 5 different signals? Wouldn't it be awesome if you can control other things in your home with the signals you're not using? We plan on making receiver modules so you can control anything in your home plugged into a wall socket. Maybe hook it up to a stereo with Barry White already preset so you can have your love pad ready right when you roll into the garage. Or if you have a small business and need to turn off that neon OPEN sign without leaving your car? This is the stuff we think about. With your help we can keep making new things that use wireless technology and really turn RinkuHaus into a platform to make your life easier.

Design stages and sketches
Design stages and sketches

Who says something under your hood or hidden in your garage needs to be ugly? We started with a basic black box as a proof of concept. As we got more involved and added features, we knew we were making something cutting edge so we needed to make it look like it. We sketched out a bunch of different designs but form must fit function so our final design incorporates an antenna tip yet keeping the unit small and sleek. We added LEDs on the unit to give user feedback for programming and activation. It had to be weather resistant to be installed under the hood so we have an internal housing as well. All in all we hope you enjoy our modernistic design as much as we do.

Company Mascot - Balki

Balki the Beagle (Perfect Strangers, anyone?) is our company mascot. He's always hanging around the garage. Balki is a laboratory-testing rescue so he's had a hard previous life. His vocal cords were removed so he wouldn't be able to bark. Beagles are the most popular breed for lab use because of their friendly, docile, trusting, forgiving, people-pleasing personalities. He's lived his entire life in a crate so just going outside and playing was unfamiliar and needed to be nurtured. He had to learn how to walk on a leash, what grass was, even about rain and how it is not fun to get wet.  Most of all, he needed to learn how to just be a dog. He was passed around to a few different owners before he found his official Mom and Dad. We're happy to say he's been doing great since and his new parents Pete and Emi have been showing him the love. 
Balki wuvs you
Balki wuvs you

So what's he doing on Kickstarter? We thought we could also show him some love by offering reward tiers that give Balki yummy treats and more play time! Dance of Joy Balki! If you like our project and just want to help us reach our goal, please check out the reward tiers! If you want to learn more or help more lab rescued beagles, search Beagle Freedom Project.

Reward Tiers

Production: We've been working with the factory that produced our prototypes for over a year. We've visited the factory in person and made sure they can handle our production schedule and get the units cranked out to our backers on time. They will send us the units and we will assemble in the kit accessories (wire connectors, ac adapter, instruction manual) here in the US. This will help cut down on sourcing timelines.

Distribution: Once we get the shipment we are working with a seasoned local distributor to ship the items quickly with Delivery Confirmation and e-mail notification so all our backers will know when the item actually gets in the mail stream.

Timeline:

October-November: Fundraising Period
December: Priority Production Run of Kickstarter Backer Units
End of December: Delivery of Kickstarter Early Bird Backer Units (If we exceed our Early Bird Units, those will be completed about 2weeks after the Early Bird units)
Our goal is to have the units to our Early Bird backers by Christmas! Did someone say awesome xmas gift?!
This might be ambitious but we believe if we hit our goal before the funding end date, we can set some wheels in motion so we can get at least the Early Bird Backers their kits by xmas.

Risks and challenges

We’ve overcome many challenges to get the G-Link to this point where we can confidently offer it to you on Kickstarter. We’ve found great people and companies to partner with. We know where each part of our product is coming from, as well as all costs and lead times, and we know how to package it and ship it to you.

Production: We've been working with the factory that produced our prototypes for over a year. We've visited the factory in person and made sure they can handle our production schedule and get the units cranked out to our backers on time. They will send us the units and we will assemble in the kit accessories (wire connectors, ac adapter, instruction manual) here in the US. This will help cut down on sourcing timelines.

Distribution: Once we get the shipment we are working with a seasoned distributor to ship the items quickly with Delivery Confirmation and e-mail notification so all our backers will know when the item actually gets in the mail stream.

The biggest risk and challenge is our optimistic delivery time. That's why we limited our Early Bird Backer Units to only the number of kits we can produce to reach the xmas goal. We're ready to use expedited shipping to get the units here to the US and have the kits completed in house and shipped out.
If we miss this delivery goal, the latest Early Bird Backers would get their kits is New Years.
All other kits (non-early bird) we will try to make the same timeline as the Early Bird Backers but most will be delivered 2-weeks after around mid-January 2014.

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    *** XL HUGE THANK YOU + MASCOT BALKI WILL GET 1 DOGGIE TREAT *** We will limit treats to 25 per day so PETA won't come after us. Thanks for being a part of this and really trying to making this happen! Balki will be doing the dance of joy! Includes everything in our $1 level.

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    TWO RINKUHAUS VINYL DECALS - Now you can show your love with four RinkuHaus Decals. Stick them on your car, laptop, bicycle, just not on your pets! Shipping included within US. This level also includes everything at the $5 level. Decal designs will be determined after the funding process. Balki will love you more than Cousin Larry with this!

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    LIMITED SUPER EARLY BIRD REWARD (SINGLE DOOR/SINGLE CAR) - Be the first to get the RinkuHaus G-Link Starter Kit (TX+RX) and get it at a substantial value off the expected retail price of $149! This will include 1 Transmitter and 1 Receiver both preprogrammed out of the box. Free Shipping within the US. This level also includes everything at the $5 level.

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    INTERNATIONAL BUYER: LIMITED SUPER EARLY BIRD REWARD (SINGLE DOOR/SINGLE CAR) - Be the first to get the RinkuHaus G-Link Starter Kit (TX+RX) and get it at a substantial value off the expected retail price of $149! This will include 1 Transmitter and 1 Receiver both preprogrammed out of the box. Includes Shipping International via USPS 1st Class. Will Ship at same time as US Backers but USPS Transit time varies by destination so we estimate January 2014 arrival. This level also includes everything at the $5 level. (Please Read FAQ regarding international installation of the Receiver)

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    LIMITED SUPER EARLY BIRD REWARD (SINGLE DOOR/TWO CARS) - Be the first to get the RinkuHaus G-Link TWO CAR Kit (2TX+RX) and get it at a substantial value off the expected retail price of $200! This will include 2 Transmitters and 1 Receiver both preprogrammed out of the box. This reward is best for those with 2 cars that use the same garage door. Free Shipping within the US. This level also includes everything at the $5 level.

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    LIMITED SUPER EARLY BIRD REWARD (TWO DOORS/ONE CAR) - Be the first to get the RinkuHaus G-Link TWO DOOR Kit (TX+2RX) and get it at a substantial value off the expected retail price of $200! This will include 1 Transmitter and 2 Receivers both preprogrammed out of the box. This is best for those with side by side garage doors or if you have two locations(parents house/vacation house). Free Shipping within the US. This level also includes everything at the $5 level. International Shipping $15 (Please Read FAQ regarding international installation of the Receiver)

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    LIMITED SUPER EARLY BIRD REWARD (SINGLE DOOR/TWO CARS) - Be the first to get the RinkuHaus G-Link TWO CAR + TWO DOOR Kit (2TX+2RX) and get it at a substantial value off the expected retail price of $300! This will include 2 Transmitters and 2 Receivers both preprogrammed out of the box. This reward is best for those with 2 cars that use the two different garage doors. Free Shipping within the US. This level also includes everything at the $5 level.

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