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Siri: Can you make a Raspberry Pi open a garage door?

Here I am, brain the size of a planet and you ask me to open a motorised door

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Vid A clever coder who goes by the name DarkTherapy has created an iPhone app and interface for the Raspberry Pi that allows it to open a door.

Not just any door, mind you, but a motorised garage door.

As you'll see in the video below, an iPhone is a far snappier remote control than your average door zapper.

The project works using SiriProxy, an open source “super pre-alpha” project that allows Siri to initiate custom actions.

DarkTherapy put that to work with WiringPi, a GNU-licensed C library that replicates the Wiring code beloved of Arduino hackers.

DarkTherapy got both of those packages running under Raspbian “wheezy” and said once that was done “its just a case of modifying the example ruby script included with siriproxy” and wiring things up just right.

Here's the result:

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As you can see in the video, the rig isn't pretty, but given it's in a garage it doesn't need to be. Those hoping to take advantage of SiriProxy's ability to control multiple devices may want to look into cases for additional Pis about the home or office. ®

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