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The Photon is a $19 tiny Wi-Fi development kit for creating connected projects and products for the Internet of Things. It's easy to use, it's powerful, and it's connected to the cloud.

The tools that make up the Photon's ecosystem (and come along with the board) are designed to let you build and create whether you're an embedded engineer, web developer, Arduino enthusiast or IoT entrepreneur. You'll be able to write your firmware in our web or local IDE, deploy it over the air, and build your web and mobile apps with ParticleJS and our Mobile SDK.

The board itself uses a Broadcom wi-fi chip (one that can be found in Nest Protect, LIFX, and Amazon Dash) alongside a powerful STM32 ARM Cortex M3 microcontroller. It's like the Spark Core. But better.

Does not ship with breadboard or USB cable. 

Specs:

  • Particle P0 Wi-Fi module
  • Broadcom BCM43362 Wi-Fi chip
  • STM32F205 120Mhz ARM Cortex M3
  • 1MB flash, 128KB RAM
  • 802.11b/g/n
  • Soft AP setup
  • FCC/CE/IC certified
  • Full specs here
Farm Irrigation System
Advanced
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  • 10

Full instructions

A contribution to the Internet of Plants.

Particle Photon Flip Dot Clock
Intermediate
  • 1,851
  • 30

Full instructions

The flip dot display uses an electromechanical dot matrix that spin from black to yellow to display text, numbers and more!

Sending Photos and Video Over the Internet!
Easy
  • 1,677
  • 24

Full instructions

Record video, perform object and face recognition, take a time-lapse or whatever else with a Particle Photon and the 5-megapixel Arducam!

Patriot iOS App
Intermediate
  • 505
  • 9

Use an old iPhone device to control and display the status of your Patriot IoT devices.

Patriot iOS App

Team Patriot

IoT Thermometer Using Python
Intermediate
  • 55
  • 1

Full instructions

How to develop a simple, but powerful, IoT thermometer using a Zerynth-powered single-board MCU and the Zerynth App.

Pool buddy
Intermediate
  • 59
  • 1

Work in progress

Monitor and log water quality (pH & ORP) and temperature from everywhere

Full Color Alexa Controlled Lights - FastLED & Photon
Intermediate
  • 471
  • 9

Full instructions

Full color light controlled by Alexa. Step by step! Using a Particle Photon and configurable Python Script in Lambda.

Lane of Things
Intermediate
  • 67
  • 4

The team measured temperature, air pressure, and the methane gas content in a Lane Tech classroom.

Candy Dispenser with Google Assistant
Intermediate
  • 5,268
  • 25

Full instructions

By using IFTTT, the Google Assistant API, and a Particle Photon, you can make a machine that gives out candy upon your request!

MyPIR-Sensor Informs Me Via IFTTT
Easy
  • 215
  • 1

Full instructions

Cheap & easy alarm-system.

To Press or Not To Press
Intermediate
  • 61
  • 2

Determining if color affects the reverse psychology of pressing a button

MyPIR-Sensor Activate RGB Stripe Controlled by Relay
Easy
  • 79
  • 3

Have you bought a cheap analog LED strip set in the hardware store? Bring this set with a Particle Photon and a relay to light up!

Christmas Gift Box
Intermediate
  • 3,557
  • 595

Full instructions

Christmas Gift Box plays music and sends an email when it is opened.

LoT305: Productivity and Library Usage
Intermediate
  • 27
  • 2

Full instructions

How to measure productivity in the library and its busiest times. Ultrasonic sensor, sound detector, particle photon.

Lane of Things Group 708
Easy
  • 82
  • 2

Full instructions

Our group used a proximity sensor placed near a door to see how many people go in and out of the attendance office.

Door Sensor
Intermediate
  • 100
  • 3

Full instructions

Measuring and predicting student attendance through the frequency of an opening door.

Door Sensor

Team Group 410

Hover Labs Beam - Temperature, Humidity & Time
Easy
  • 312
  • 4

Protip

A first introduction to using Hover Labs Beam.

AoT
Easy
  • 24
  • 1

Monitoring temperature, humidity, count of sleepers and other meta tags we seek to find factors in the classroom that encourage sleep.

AoT

Team Hot Taco

Study Buddy
Easy
  • 2,687
  • 141

Full instructions

Know when an assignment is coming up!

Study Buddy

Team Alexa and Shannon

Happy, Indifferent, Sad
Intermediate
  • 34
  • 1

We asked math teachers how they were feeling. They had the option of either responding with happy, indifferent, or sad.

Lane of Things: Dance Room Activity
Intermediate
  • 40
  • 1

Work in progress

We used three types of sensors in order to catalog the usage of the dance room at our school and the impact the students have on the room.

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