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Particle Argon IoT Starter Kit

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If you’ve ever dreamed of connecting up your home or office to all of your favourite Electronics, with various digital systems working alongside physical things in our real world, then you will have surely heard about IoT, and the ways that it can connect the physical and digital world together, letting us give physical objects smart capabilities and allowing them to act, react to and predict the world around them. This Particle Argon IoT Starter Kit is a fancy pack of modules that is designed to help you get straight into IoT Development with as little hassle or friction as possible, and is compiled to give you all of the awesome goodies you need to hit the ground running. It includes an array of fun sensors, output modules and addons, and along with the Particle Argon Microcontroller, let’s you dive straight into the fun part without having to spend hours figuring it all out from scratch.

Compared to many other IoT Kits on the market, we particularly like this kit because it includes everything you need to enjoy a good selection of different projects, and also has a lot of cool resources available for it, both from Particle themselves as well as from the very active community involved around the brand. This ensures that, even if you are an absolute beginner in IoT, or even a complete newby in Electronics, you will definitely be able to start experimenting and enjoying the endless possibilities with relative ease. From the Particle Resource Hub to online community forums, as well as a wide selection of tutorials and guides on the Particle website and other community-driven sites, you can quite easily go from knowing absolutely nothing about IoT to building your own custom projects that refill your pet’s water bowl automatically, reorder your favourite groceries when they’re running low, or even tell you when you’ve been sitting in one place for far too long.

Of course, these examples above are just a few of the many amazing opportunities that IoT capabilities can open up, and we feel that it’s only a matter of time before IoT is embedded into almost every aspect of our lives, keeping us constantly updated on all of the important things in life, and making our lives far easier and more comfortable than ever before. So if you are eager to try your hand at Particle IoT Development, regardless of prior experience or even electronics knowledge, then this Particle Argon IoT Starter kit is the perfect solution to get you started – with room for further improvements as you get better and eventually master the skillsets.

Please Note: The information in the table below is focused more toward this actual kit, and if you would like a proper rundown of all the key features and functionality of the Argon board, check out our original Particle Argon Description, which focuses primarily on the board and all of the cool bells & whistles that it offers.

 

Parts Included with the Particle Argon IoT Starter Kit:

  • Particle Microcontroller Module   

Particle Argon

  • Radio Communications Antenna

– 2.4GHz Antenna with u.FL Connector

  • USB Cable

– USB-A to Micro-USB

  • Adapter/Extender Board

– Particle FeatherWing Grove Adapter

  • Buttons/Input Components

– 1 x Grove Push Button Module

– 1 x Grove Rotary Encoder Module

  • Sensors/Detectors

– 1 x Grove Ultrasonic Range Finder Module

– 1 x Grove Temperature & Humidity Sensor Module

– 1 x Grove Light Sensor Module

  • Sensor/Module Cables

– 8 x Grove Connector Cables

  • Lithium Polymer Battery

– LP103450 Particle 3.7V 1800mAh Li-Po Battery

  • Output Components

– 1 x Grove Chainable RGB LED Module

– 1 x Grove Passive Piezo Buzzer Module

– 1 x Grove 4x7 Segment Display Module

 

Typical Applications for the Particle Argon IoT Starter Kit:

Although IoT can realistically be used for a near-endless number of possibilities, from maintaining perfect temperatures in a home or office, to ensuring that plants or livestock are well nourished and healthy, this kit is somewhat limited in what kinds of projects would best suit it. However, with some cool Modules like the Ultrasonic Range Finder, the active piezo buzzer, as well as the simple but effective push button module, the possibilities are still quite diverse, and you can always choose to add even more modules and other Components to your system in order to get even more effect, and allow for even more collaboration between physical and electronic items. With this in mind, some of the tutorials that we really like for this kit include:

  • Checking water levels of coolers, tanks and other containers, and then sending a “Refill Me!” SMS or email to you or a nearby technician – or simply turning on the pump to automatically refill whatever needs to be filled.

  • Logging environmental data like temperature and humidity levels, and then sending them through to a central database – or reacting by altering the air conditioning settings to maintain optimal comfort/health.

  • Keeping an eye on the ever-changing daylight hours, and then automatically turning the lights or other devices on and off as the sun comes up or goes down each day – or possibly to catch intruders or monitor room occupancy while providing constant updates to your phone, email or other communications systems.

And of course, just to top it all off and enhance this IoT Kit even more, it’s important to realise that these systems can also be integrated into handy applications and solutions like IFTTT, Zapier, Integrately, IBM API Connect, as well as possibly hundreds of other smart applications that are all designed for IoT use. So, once more, if you’ve always had your eye on IoT and have been eager to test out just what might be possible with a reliable IoT board and a handful of cool modules, there are few other kits that provide quite the launchpad that this Particle Argon IoT Start Kit does.

 

Additional Resources:

  • When first getting this kit, or any other Particle Product for that matter, the first (and best) place to start your research and learning is the Particle Resource & Documentation Hub, where you can find information, tutorials, guides and loads of other helpful goods to get you started in mastering IoT.

  • After getting the basics of IoT down, the next great place to check out is the Dedicated Particle Argon Grove Starter Kit Page, where you can find specifics about all of the modules included with this kit, as well as some cool projects to test out and experiment with.

  • Finally, if you want to learn specifically about the Particle Argon Microcontroller, what hardware is featured on it, as well as how to get your Particle Argon registered and operating on the Particle Device Cloud, this Dedicated Particle Argon Quickstart Page will help you through all of the simple but important steps to do so.

  • And finally, if you prefer to learn by doing while watching videos, then this awesome Particle 101 YouTube Playlist is an excellent place to find all kinds of video-based tutorials, guides and insights.

 

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Particle Argon IoT Starter Kit

Particle Argon IoT Starter Kit

Particle is a comprehensive Internet of Things platform that is scalable, easy to use and secure, which was started as a Kickstarter campaign in as early as 2013. It was founded with the intent to make IoT easy and accessible for everyone, and by many people’s standards they have successfully achieved that, with over 70,000 engineers in over 170 countries utilising the Particle platform – including several Fortune 500 companies.


One of the recent utilisations of the potential of Particle tools is how it was implemented to connect a vital water-valve to the internet, allowing it to monitor the weather, identify the incoming Hurricane Irma, and prepare to move the water to where it needed to go – before the rain had even begun to fall in the area. This is just one of the many amazing examples of how Particle IoT can benefit more than just businesses or developers, as well as how Particle’s vision of IoT being integrated into almost everything – both online and offline – is quickly becoming a reality.