This project was inspired by a project on makezine where they used a Particle Photon to open a garage door via an android/iphone app. I liked the idea and decided to give it a try. Once I got it working, I decided to make my own modifications. I ditched the app to use a web interface instead (found an example here). I found a few problems that I resolved, I think it worked in the makezine article because they were using the older spark core io chip.
This is an app that my son and I collaborated on. We created it as a fundraising project for his school and it was a lot of fun. Check out the information about it on the apps page and if you like the idea and want to support the Samuel Beck Elementary School PTA feel free to follow the link and buy it.