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IFTTT (short for “if this, then that”) announced last week via their blog and other media outlets that they have been working closely with other apps to implement their recipe style automation into native apps. Turns out Garageio is one of those apps.
In short, IFTTT’s recipes are great for getting apps and devices that you use on the reg to interact with each other without being prompted to do so.
Before now, you had to download the IFTTT app or visit their website to get everything setup. Today that changed. Over the course of the last year, the Garageio team has been working with IFTTT to integrate those formulas inside our own app rather than relying on IFTTT to handle the coordination elsewhere.
The result is you can now use all IFTTT recipes right within the Garageio native app to do cool things like:
You can now use Garageio and Stringify to automatically close your garage whenever you forget about it.
Using the new Stringify App in combination with your Garageio you can now completely automate opening and closing your garage door based on your location, time of day, or for your security. Whether you are simply coming home for the night, leaving for work in the morning Stringify will make sure your garage is always secure.
You can use Stringify for all of your smart home devices, but to do use it for your garage you will need a Garageio. If you don’t have a Garageio yet, go here and use the code “STRINGIFY” to get 15% off.
Here are 4 quick guides to automate your garage using Stringify:
1. Download the Stringify App and set up a ‘Flow’ using the Garageio Icon.
2. Set Stringify to Close your garage when you are away.
Exact Flow: When I am not home and the garage door opens, send, close the garage and send me a notification.
3. Set Stringify to Auto Close Your Garage when you are home.
Exact Flow: When I am home and it is late, if the garage door is open, close it and notify me.
4. Set Stringify to Notify you if your garage opens unexpectedly.
Exact Flow: If it is nighttime and the garage door opens, turn on my room lights, and send me a notification.
Stringify can be programmed to work with all of your smart home devices and they have Flow Ideas that include Phillips Hue, Amazon Echo, Nest and many others.
You can get and in depth use case of how to use Stringify and Garageio on their blog here.
Garageio’s App has been in need of a serious makeover for quite some time. Through tons of awesome customer feedback, a successful Beta Test, and 4 months of rigorous development, we are proud to announce that we are releasing a brand new Garageio App!
The new app has a completely redesigned aesthetic that brings its looks up to speed with its Blackbox counterpart. But looks aren’t the only thing we focused on, after all, true beauty is on the inside.
What’s new on the inside you may ask? Below is a list of just a few of the new features that are in this first release.
- You can now Manage Users inside the app (View/Add/Remove users for your doors)
- New Door Settings Menu for each of your doors
- New Account Settings Menu
This is just the beginning of new developments you will see in the near future. As Garageio continues to grow and we develop new integrations, features, and surprises, the app will not be lagging behind. The importance of Garageio’s user experience will be kept in the forefront, starting with the app.
So if you love the new app and think it’s perfect, let us know! If there is a feature or integration you want us to implement, or a particular design change you want to see, let us know! We want the app to be a living piece of software through continuous development in order to create a better experience for you.
Next week 15,000 people will be heading down to New Orleans for Collision Conf for three days of startups, entrepreneurs and networking. Garageio was selected as one of the few startups to exhibit and we would love to see you at our booth! Come stop by and have a chat with one of the co-founders: Zak, Jess, Greg, or myself who will be in attendance. You can try out using your voice to control Garageio with the Amazon Echo and see why Amazon chose us to be one of the first seven recipients of the Alexa Fund.
Come check out how Garageio can turn your garage into a smart garage and how we plan on revolutionizing the way you receive your packages and groceries within your home. You’ll get to try out opening and closing a garage door with just a simple swipe and see all the other smart home and IoT devices that Garageio works with.
If you’re attending Collision Conf this year, stop by our booth at C-311 in the Sports/Builders/Machine Exhibition Area on day three. If getting to meet the Garageio team and using your voice to open a garage isn’t enticing enough, we’re giving away some really cool FREE stuff! We’ll be holding a drawing and giving away a free Garageio and Amazon Echo as well as giving away some pretty sweet swag! Hope to see you there!
Garageio is super excited to announce that we have been selected to exhibit at Collision Conf in New Orleans, April 26-28!
Collision, also known as “The anti-CES”, focuses on startups and the people behind all of the amazing technology and companies that are attending. While many of the big names are going to be there (Tumblr, IFTTT, Slack, and many more), Collision gives smaller and younger startups the opportunity to showcase our ideas to investors and the media as well as interact with hundreds of interesting entrepreneurs like ourselves.
We’ve got our very own booth! While we’re down there, we’ll be sharing our experiences on all of our social media channels so make sure to follow us on twitter, instagram, and facebook to see what we’re up to while we’re in New Orleans!
Garageio’s hardware is broken down by some nerds in All About Circuits’ Teardown Tuesday: IoT Garage Door Opener.
All About Circuits decided to crack open one of our Blackboxes to see the brains behind Garageio. They did a pretty good job of breaking down everything that goes into our hardware. Luckily, it’s not just the hardware that makes Garageio the awesome IoT product that it is, there’s tons of software too. Which we won’t be displaying to the internet anytime soon ;). Just know that there’s a lot going on behind the scenes and a lot more cool things coming down the pipeline for our little black box.
Check out All About Circuits’ article here: Teardown Tuesday: IoT Garage Door Opener