Hands On: Particle Photon WiFi Board

Posted about 1 year ago

After my first little play with hardware last year (see the NFC board hands-on here), I decided to look a little bit more into what's out there in the "Internet of Things" (IOT) space, and came across the awesome little Particle Photon.

Not much larger than a stamp, this little dude can connect over your WiFi network and be controlled and coded via a cloud dashboard in order to hook up to sensors and all manner of other hardware pieces.

There's all kinds of projects you can do when you have an internet connection, including (according to their website) smart beds and fishtank, but first things first, blinking that red LED on/off using nothing but an internet connection and a power source, which can also be triggered by IFTTT or via raw webhooks.

Not quite sure what my first real project will be with it yet, but I still have a strip of digitally addressable LEDs that haven't been used yet, so some room lighting that changes colour based on notifications might be an idea...

by Steve Farnworth

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