If you have a garage then you have a garage door opener, a remote control device that you can use to open and close your garage door from inside your car or even inside your house. But most garage door openers require that you be somewhere close to the garage before they'll work. Craftsman's garage door opener is different. It will work from any place you can get an iPhone signal.
Why would you want it to do that? Well, for one thing you might be worried that you left the garage door open, leaving all the random junk -- er, valuable possessions -- that you store in there vulnerable to theft. The Craftsman Garage Door app can determine if the garage door is open or closed and it can close it if it isn't. Or if someone needs to get into your garage -- a courier making an important delivery, say, or a contractor working on your house -- you can use the Craftsman app to open the door for them and close it when they're done. Special anti-burglary coding in the remote unlocking system prevents would-be robbers from emulating the remote function and opening the garage door for themselves.
So what's the catch? The catch is that you'll need the Craftsman AssureLink Internet Connected DC Chain Drive Garage Door Opener installed on your garage door, and that's going to cost you more than $200 at Sears. But the app itself is free. It's up to you to decide whether this service is worth the cost to you, but at least the AssureLink Garage Door Opener has other features, such as a keyless entry pad and a 10-year warranty on its motor, even apart from the convenience of the app. And maybe you were already planning to replace your aging garage door hardware.
Our next app also requires extra (if somewhat less expensive) hardware, but it will let you tap into the deepest computerized recesses of your car without having to pay the mechanic at your local garage to give your car a diagnosis.