There are lots of garage door monitor projects on hackster.io and other Maker sites. I wanted a project that would be extensible, to build on, for future IOT projects. Plus I wanted a platform that was well-documented and well-supported. Adafruit’s cloud service for Makers, adafruit.io, fit the requirements.
In addition, I was motivated by personal need. My nice neighbors had, once too often, called late at night to remind me the garage door was open 😉
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