Do you own a home? Does that home have an automatic garage door opener? Has this ever happened to you? Have you pulled away from your home in a hurry, one hand on the wheel, one hand on your smart phone, your eyes flicking back and forth from its screen to the road while you barely register your neighbor waving from his front lawn as you speed off towards another work day, only to arrive at work with no idea whether you closed your garage door or not? Have you ever sat at your desk for a full five minutes, mentally retracing your steps from the coffee maker to your car as you try in vain to remember: Did I close the garage door when I left home for work today? Or is my garage door left open for the likes of all manner of thieves, vandals, nosy neighbors, errant children, and wild animals to wander in and peep all of my mess, plus complete unfettered access to my actual home and all of my belongings via my home’s interior door? Did I turn the stove off?
In the past, you’d never know. You’d spend the first half of your day in a state of mild anxiety before rushing home on your lunch break to either lower the garage door or find that it was down the whole time. Next time I’ll pay attention! you vow. And you do, until the next time that you oversleep and miss your optimal traffic-evading window, and then you’ll be left scratching your head again, all because of the garage door. Not anymore.
Now, you remember the app you downloaded, the one connected to your Smart Home and your home’s automatic garage door opener. Now you can pull up the app on your phone, and close your garage door at the rub of a button on that same smart phone screen that distracted you in the first place, no matter where you are in the world. From your desk, you can close the garage door. Relief!