There's nothing new to having a remote-controlled garage door, however there's so much more room for expansion and integrating technology to make life better. Eric Tsai has demonstrated an Internet-enabled automation system that not only allows for control and monitoring of the garage, there's also a traffic light-style indicator showing how far the vehicle has entered the garage.
By using a combination of Ethernet-enabled Arduino hardware, MQTT and some clever coding you the user can check from afar if the garage is occupied, control the door and monitor the space from afar - as shown in the following video:
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