On Wednesday, September 11, 2019, David attended an all-day event called the Particle Roadshow 2019 at the trendy Ace Hotel in Pittsburgh, PA. Particle, a hardware and software company based in San Francisco, CA, provides a fully-integrated Internet of Things (IoT) platform that connects physical devices online to collect data in order to solve or prevent real business problems.
The Cool Sensors platform currently uses a Particle Photon micro-controller with Wi-Fi to connect to the cloud and commit data to a MySQL database. David is now working with the Particle Argon & Boron devices, providing Wi-Fi and Cellular internet respectively. Both of the new Particle devices are in the Feather form factor and have built-in LiPo fuel gauges. David just finished adding a LiPo fuel gauge to the Photon version of the platform so it’s easier to track battery stability when using the solar panel for power.
Attendees received some Particle kits to test out during the professional IoT workshop segment of the event learning how to build a proof-of-concept. The workshop started with configuring the Argon Kit which includes:
- Argon development board
- Mini breadboard
- 2.4GHz flex antenna
- USB cable
- two resistors (220 ohm), one red LED, and one photodiode
Then they added the Debugger which comes with one JTAG ribbon cable to program the Particle mesh-ready hardware.
Finally, the participants used a few pieces from the Grove Starter Kit which includes:
- 1x Grove Shield for Particle Mesh
- 1x Button
- 1x Rotary Angle Sensor
- 1x Ultrasonic Ranger
- 1x Temp&Humi Sensor
- 1x Light Sensor v1.2
- 1x Chainable RGB LED
- 1x Buzzer
- 1x 4-Digit Display
The Particle Roadshow left everyone with a greater up-to-date knowledge on the benefits of incorporating their IoT platform, as well as the challenges they face to keep up with the demands of the companies working with them.