First Look: Chamberlain MyQ Garage

First Look: Chamberlain MyQ Garage

For the forgetful.

Generally speaking, I’m a creature of habit. I try to keep the same morning routine. I like to leave work at the same time every day. I leave my keys on the same plate every time I get home. For better or worse, I tend to keep the same patterns over time.

Unfortunately, that means I always forget to close our garage door. I don’t know what part of my (normally reliable) brain shuts down, but I just can’t seem to hit that little button when I leave the driveway in the morning. I can’t tell you how many texts I’ve received from neighborhood friends to let me know our garage door is still up.

For that reason, the Chamberlain MyQ Garage system will soon make its way into our garage. About the size of a small book, the MyQ hub mounts to the ceiling above your garage door opener with a companion sensor that attaches to the door itself. Once you’re up and running, the system allows you to open and close your garage door with your smart phone, keep an eye on its current status, and even receive notifications for any door activity. Better still, it integrates with the Wink smart home system (which we’re increasingly relying on for our new home).

The MyQ sounds like it can offer a lot of peace-of-mind to forgetful brains like mine. It’s available now for $129; check back soon for a full review!

Author

Eric is the creator of At Home in the Future and has been a passionate fan of the future since he was seven. He's a web developer by trade, and serves as the Director of Communication and Technology for a large church in Nashville, TN (where he and his family are building a high tech home in the woods).

1 comment

  • We have one and overall I love it. Sometimes it has a mind of its own, sending me a push notice that the door is open, despite that not always being the case. Sometimes I end up opening it when it was closed. Not cool. Its rare, but annoying.

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