In short, I am trying to build a motorized dumbwaiter (platform to carry small objects up and down vertically) from the ground to my office, which is about 15 feet higher than ground level. I would like to be able to control the dumbwaiter (move it from the ground level up to the office and vice versa) via an Android phone.
I realize this isn't the most practical method to get small objects, like a cup of coffee, from the ground floor to my office, but it should be a fun project and good way to learn about Android development and related technologies, likely Bluetooth.
What would be the best way for the dumbwaiter motor to 'talk' to an Android device? I'm familiar with Bluetooth, but open to other suggestions as well. Also, any suggestions on types of motors that can be configured to respond to Bluetooth out of the box or with minimal tinkering?
Sorry it's such a broad question, and my first on Stackoverflow, but any help is really appreciated.