First let me go ahead and say I understand this type of question probably comes through often and I want whoever reading this to know that I have put in time and effort looking for answers. I am just about ready to make a decision but would like to turn to the Spark community for words of wisdom before making the leap.
I am a web developer currently working on a Bachelor in Software Development. The remaining part of my schooling will be Java and OOP. I have a fascination for the IoT movement and experimenting with programming devices has been on my list of things to do.
If any of you would be kind enough to provide advice on necessary items / purchases to get off on a great start I would sincerely appreciate it. I know of the PI, Arduino, Spark Core and Photon but I have no experience with any of them so this is a fresh entry. I want the experience to be enjoyable so avoiding roadblocks such as
- ordering some items
- receiving items and diving in…
" …ah man! I had no idea I was going to need that and that "
would be ideal.
Just to paint the picture of what ideas I currently have:
- making a temp controlled switch for my fireplace fan
- NFC controlled pet food bowls
- sound/motion sensing mole activity logger for backyard
- internet controlled rover w/video (possibly with cellular connection too)
Like I said, I appreciate any advice. Thanks