This is an electronic garage door opener designed around a SparkFun GT-511C1R fingerprint scanner. There is already a very good instructable by user nodcah that describes how to build almost this exact device, from which I took 99% of my inspiration. I’m posting this to easily share with my local makerspace, and for anyone who likes to see things done slightly differently.
The door opener system consists of two components: a control panel on the outside of the garage with the fingerprint scanner, a small screen, and some buttons in a weatherproof housing; and a small box inside the garage that verifies when a recognized fingerprint has been scanned and opens the door, and also converts whatever power you provide into 3.3 Volts. An ATMega328p microcontroller is the brains of the exterior control panel, and an ATTiny lives in the box inside the garage. The two MCUs communicate over a serial connection. The ATTiny biases a transmitter to close the connection for the garage door switch when it receives a specific code phrase over the serial connection. This way a mildly clever vandal can’t break into the garage by ripping off the control panel and crossing a couple wires.
Though the datasheet claims this FPS can handle up to 6 Volts, I’m skeptical since the better model requires 3.3, and since the MCUs are happy with 3.3 Volts and the LCD requires it we’ll just power the whole thing that way.
- GT-511C1R Fingerprint Scanner (make sure to buy the JST connector too)
- Nokia 5110 LCD
- ATMega328p microcontroller
- ATTiny85 microcontroller
- MCP1700-3V3 voltage regulator
- 10 uF capacitor (2)
- 10 kOhm resistor (3)
- 100 Ohm resistor (3)
- tall momentary pushbutton (3)
- ic sockets, 28-pin and 8-pin, protects MCUs when soldering and nice if you want to reprogram them
- terminal block, for connecting the control panel wires to the interior box without the need to solder
- weatherproof exterior utility box, like this one maybe
- a small rectangular piece of acrylic for the front cover of the control panel to keep things classy
- 5V DC converter, such as a phone charger
For More Details: Garage Door Fingerprint Lock