Boron LTE Dev Kit - Getting Started

Hello there!

I’ve purchased a Boron LTE Dev kit to get started on my project. The company I work for has issues with self-reporting of equipment rentals for hospitals/nursing homes. We have these control units for air mattress that we rent out, which are essentially just blowers that keep it inflated. I’d like to be able to know if these control units are turned on and operating correctly over the internet. I went with LTE instead of GSM because of building penetration. Was that a good idea?

Anyways, I haven’t done anything like this in a while and would like to know about any “beginner” resources to help me get back in the game with this project.

I need to know how to interface with this control unit’s circuitry to report certain aspects. I’m also looking into maybe incorporating a pressure sensor (mmHg).

Also, does the Boron LTE have a GPS antenna? I don’t see that it does.

The only question we can easily answer is

Nope, it hasn’t, but you can use something like this with the Boron.
Unfortunately currently cell location seems to be no option with LTE.

For your other requests, we’d need more detail to provide targeted answers.
e.g. “beginner” can mean a load of things.

  • what is your level to build on?
  • do you know Arduino?
  • how much C/C++ do you know?
  • what experience do you have in hardware development?
  • when you say: “… back in the game …”, how deep have you been in the “game” before and when?
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Thank You for the feather adaptor. I was thinking I was going to go that route.

As far as my experience is concerned, I studied EE in college. I got to my junior year and ended up dropping out due to unforeseen circumstances. Throughout my college career, I took Java/C/C++. I got A’s or B’s in there but had to study back up a few months ago quite a bit to pull off some python scripts I made to automate some things for work.

I also took, analog circuits, some assembly, digital logic, and micro electric circuit design. The only experience I have is the lab projects within those classes. The problem is it’s been 7 to 8 years since I’ve done any of it and I need to brush up. I do have an arduino and I messed with it a few times, but never had a clear goal to accomplish. I actually love doing this sort of thing (It’s like playing to me, honestly) so I don’t mind putting in the time to pull it off well.

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OK, so there definetly is a fair amount you can build on together with us :+1:
I’m convinced you’ll be able to quickly cobble some basic project together without any other help than what you’d find in the Arduino and Particle Reference docs, but as soon you get stuck or have a specific question, don’t hesitate to ask.

When it comes to Particle specifics, the “biggest” challenge might be to “guess” the search terms or feature names - but for that we are here to help too.

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Wishing you well - you will find people on this forum are very helpful. Don’t hesitate to search the forum and if you can’t find the answer ask for help.

You should have no problems. Your background is much better/more recent than mine. I am a physicist who programmed in FORTRAN some 20-30 years ago. Despite that impediment I have sort of come up to speed to the point where I have developed an instrument that has just completed its first clinical trial.

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Honeywell make a range of sensors that you might find useful. Some have analog outputs that can be sampled directly using an adc channel on the Boron. Others have a digital I2C input.

Let’s know if you have any questions