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iDoor, the iPhone controlled hydraulic dorm room door

Computers & Mobile Technology

Maker Chris Varenhorst’s iDoor is a hydraulic door controlled by an iPhone or when security isn’t a concern, a secret knock. Cobbled together from scrounged parts including a PIII running Ubuntu and a Phidget 8/8/8 control board, the door is opened with a hydraulic actuator that taps into the sink in the room.

Life at MIT can be tough. With all the problem sets, and projects taking up time, when I come back to my dorm room to crash, I don’t want to waste time opening doors myself! That’s why my room is outfitted with an iPhone controlled hydraulic door opener and unlocker. Just tap the “iDoor” app on my phone’s home screen, and the door opens for me. Its 2009 after all, about time we stopped carrying around shaped bits of metal to open up locked doors.

6 thoughts on “iDoor, the iPhone controlled hydraulic dorm room door

  1. Anonymous says:

    Would be great for a secret room in a basement or something! =P

  2. Kevin says:

    I think the project is almost great and the write up somewhat ironic thanks to it appearing directly following the post about the green garage competition.

    Putting this water-waster right after that was genius.

    1. chris says:

      wasted water??? The water is opening an otherwise unmoving door! thats good use to me.

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