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Programming the Photon: Getting Started with the Internet of Things by Christopher Rush

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Introduction to the Photon

In this chapter you will learn a bit about microcontrollers such as the Arduino as well as the Internet of Things (IoT). The Photon board is a new development board based on its predecessor, the Core, with some new hardware and software features that make it far superior. We will take a look at all those features and compare both boards.

Microcontrollers

A microcontroller is essentially a computer that can control multiple inputs and outputs using some form of programming language. Microcontrollers come in all sorts of shapes and sizes, with the most popular platform being the Arduino. Arduino boards provide a low-cost, easy-to-use technology to create small electronic projects. Modern conventional microcontrollers ...

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