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Alexa Skills: Voice Commands for Your Garage Door

New skills make their way into the Amazon Alexa Skills store every day. If Amazon’s skills page numbers are to be believed, there’s literally thousands created each week. However, just like any app store, the divide between value and crap is wide and deep. As an Alexa user I watch constantly to attempt to sift through and find the nuggets that can really help improve my Alexa experience.

A new skill from Softcomplex called, Garadget, connects your garage door to both a smartphone app and to Alexa.

Softcomplex is a startup that makes a piece of hardware that ties into your existing garage door opener system that essentially adds another remote control to your system. Once installed, you can use the Garadget app to remotely control your garage door from anywhere. You can open it, close it, and even figure out if the door is not close for some reason.

A new skill for Alexa also ties the voice-command device into the mix. Using the Garadget Alexa skill you can say things like…

“Alexa, tell Garadget to close all doors”
“Alexa, ask Garadget the status of workshop garage”
“Alexa, ask Garadget about recent events”

I’m steadily building up my arsenal of home automation gadgets that connect with Alexa, so I have one of Softcomplex garage door gadgets on order. Once I receive it and get it installed and working, I’ll deliver a formal review.

Once thing to note is the Softcomplex people say that because Alexa can’t yet distinguish between different voices, anyone in range can open and close your garage door. This seems like a simple skill fix to me where Softcomplex could simply add an option to reinforce security through the requirement of a code.

The Gardget garage door hardware is here: Garadget – Remotely Control and Monitor Your Existing Garage Door With Smartphone, Voice, Home Automation and Other Devices

The hardware is around $70.

The Garadget skill is here: Garadget


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