Learning IoT with Particle Photon and Electron

Develop applications on one of the most popular platforms for IoT using Particle Photon and Electron with this fast-paced guide

Learning IoT with Particle Photon and Electron

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Rashid Khan, Kajari Ghoshdastidar, Ajith Vasudevan

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Develop applications on one of the most popular platforms for IoT using Particle Photon and Electron with this fast-paced guide
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ISBN 139781785885297
Paperback136 pages

Book Description

IoT is basically the network of physical devices, vehicles, buildings and other items—embedded with electronics, software, sensors, actuators, and network connectivity that enable these objects to collect and exchange data.. The number of connected devices is growing rapidly and will continue to do so over years to come. By 2020, there will be more than 20 billion connected devices and the ability to program such devices will be in high demand. Particle provides prototyping boards for IoT that are easy to program and deploy. Most importantly, the boards provided by Particle can be connected to the Internet very easily as they include Wi-Fi or a GSM module.

Starting with the basics of programming Particle Photon and Electron, this book will take you through setting up your local servers and running custom firmware, to using the Photon and Electron to program autonomous cars. This book also covers in brief a basic architecture and design of IoT applications. It gives you an overview of the IoT stack. You will also get information on how to debug and troubleshoot Particle Photon and Electron and set up your own debugging framework for any IoT board. Finally, you’ll tinker with the firmware of the Photon and Electron by modifying the existing firmware and deploying them to your boards.

By the end of this book, you should have a fairly good understanding of the IoT ecosystem and you should be able to build standalone projects using your own local server or the Particle Cloud Server.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Introducing IoT with Particle Photon and Electron
Evolution of the IoT
Hardware and software in the IoT ecosystem
Market survey of IoT development boards and cloud services
What is Particle?
Photon, Electron, and Core
Summary
Chapter 2: Fire Up Your Kit
Essentials of FreeRTOS and hardware resources
Flow diagram for the Twitter project
Getting the Photon online
Twitter and e-mail interaction project
Troubleshooting
Summary
Chapter 3: P2P and Local Server
Client-server versus P2P networks
Setting up a P2P network for Particle devices
Local server setup
Alternate protocols for IoT
Summary
Chapter 4: Connecting the Sensors
Overview of the project
Hardware components and setup
Communication between the Photons
Data storage on the cloud
Cloud data analysis and SMS notification
Troubleshooting
Summary
Chapter 5: Of Cars and Controllers
Building the model car - hardware components
Building the model car - prerequisites
Putting it all together and controlling the car
Moving the car with gestures
Programming the car with the Electron
Troubleshooting
Summary
Chapter 6: Hacking the Firmware
What is firmware?
Obtaining and flashing firmware
Custom firmware
Summary

What You Will Learn

  • Setup the Particle Photon and Electron on the cloud using the command-line tools
  • Build and deploy applications on the Photon and Electron using the Web-based IDE
  • Setup a local cloud server to interact with Particle Photon and Electron
  • Connect various components and sensors to Particle Photon and Electron
  • Tinker with the existing firmware and deploy a custom firmware on the Photon and Electron
  • Setup communication between two or more Particle Photon and Electron
  • Debug and troubleshoot Particle Photon and Electron projects
  • Use webhooks to communicate with various third-party server applications

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Introducing IoT with Particle Photon and Electron
Evolution of the IoT
Hardware and software in the IoT ecosystem
Market survey of IoT development boards and cloud services
What is Particle?
Photon, Electron, and Core
Summary
Chapter 2: Fire Up Your Kit
Essentials of FreeRTOS and hardware resources
Flow diagram for the Twitter project
Getting the Photon online
Twitter and e-mail interaction project
Troubleshooting
Summary
Chapter 3: P2P and Local Server
Client-server versus P2P networks
Setting up a P2P network for Particle devices
Local server setup
Alternate protocols for IoT
Summary
Chapter 4: Connecting the Sensors
Overview of the project
Hardware components and setup
Communication between the Photons
Data storage on the cloud
Cloud data analysis and SMS notification
Troubleshooting
Summary
Chapter 5: Of Cars and Controllers
Building the model car - hardware components
Building the model car - prerequisites
Putting it all together and controlling the car
Moving the car with gestures
Programming the car with the Electron
Troubleshooting
Summary
Chapter 6: Hacking the Firmware
What is firmware?
Obtaining and flashing firmware
Custom firmware
Summary

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ISBN 139781785885297
Paperback136 pages
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