Gadgets

Pinning

Make your garage door smarter in minutes.

Profta
Rating

6.3

About the Project

We all know that nagging feeling... The sense we’ve forgotten something important as we frantically drive away amidst a flurry of emails, appointments and ticking clocks.

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  • Founder: Baik Hoh
  • Company: Pinning Inc.
  • Goal: $50,000.00
  • Entry Level Price: $59.00
  • Campaign Ended On: September 7, 2017
  • Delivery Date: December 2017

"About the Project" and "Claims" content are taken from the campagin as is.

Reality Check

  • Claim:

    Pinning requires no wiring or tools - simply plug it in

  • Reality:

    Pinning has designed a straightforward install for the device to function properly with a possibility of easy use.

  • Claim:

    Pinning doesn't need to connect to any wifi networks

  • Reality:

    While this device does not require connectivity to a wifi network, the benefits of this feature have pros and cons. Yes it is basic enough to not require network setup, but no it does not give the end user full control from afar because it is not connected to the wifi.

  • Claim:

    Pinning is completely phone-free

  • Reality:

    Here is a link to a competitive device that does use the phone but also grants possibility for many more functions including automatic opening (when approaching), open and close the garage from anywhere with connection to the internet...and it can arrive in 2 days. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01J8JI9HY/ref=ask_ql_qh_dp_hza

  • Claim:

    Pinning doesn't ask for any subscription fees

  • Reality:

    This is possible since nothing integrated with the device would require a fee to function.

  • Claim:

    Pinning is completely battery-free

  • Reality:

    The basic level function of this product does not require battery use.

Something To Think About

The power to operate the Pinning device is still using battery from the remote opener and the car...

  • Claim:

    Pinning plays well with all garage door models

  • Reality:

    The interface of the Pinning Device does not require true communication with any garage door opener. The only point of communication is from the Pinning device in the garage to the Pinning device in the car, which means it never interacts with any smart devices or garage doors.

  • Claim:

    Pinning doesn't enable closing your garage door while it's out of sight. That means there are no risks of damaged items or dysfunctional sensors.

  • Reality:

    In 1993 the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission put into effect a law that requires each garage door installed in homes to require sensors that prevent the door from shutting completely if there is an obstacle in the way. Because there is a history of 25 years of these sensors providing safety, consistently, the risk of damage from closing a garage door out of sight, is relatively low. This is a claim that makes it seem like a good thing but again, there are similar products that allow closing a garage door from out of sight and rely on the sensors that have been proven to provide safety.

Bottom Line

Pinning is a device that makes a lot of claims of "simplicity" seem like a beneficial feature for the end user. However, the lack of all these features should play into the price point. It is hard to justify the price when there are readily available products online for comparable prices, even lower at some points, and they have a multitude of features that include remote opening and closing, checking to see if the garage door is open from afar, automatic opening and closing, to name a few. Pinning is a basic device that is limited in function with a high price point that must be considered when thinking about backing this Kickstarter Product.

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