Hello, I’m extremely new to this sort of stuff (building IoT). I’ve been doing a lot of research the past few days and I want to get some general confirmations before I sink real money, because it makes sense to double check with knowledgeable people .
So here’s my thing - I was looking for this sort of functionality to build a animal tracker / fitness tracker. I wasn’t sure which I wanted to do first, but I was researching with the following in mind:
- Must be able to track real time GPS and give updates to a dashboard or webpage or app.
- As such, needs to be mobile and work anywhere, and not within a fixed range of 1km or something.
- Small enough hardware that it can fit on a harness for a cat or dog.
- For the fitness tracker side of things,there’s not much else I’d need (including 1-3) besides the ability to figure out how long I ran for, or the pace, etc. Which should be easily doable with math. I think what I’m looking at will give me a file where I can code it all.
So with that all in mind, I talked to a stranger and we delved into this. In the end, since I need a mobile solution, he recommended doing the Particle Boron (and the LiPo battery (I tried finding a battery with at least 1200mAh but I could not find a cheaper battery than LiPo, AND it’s 2000mAh. Am I being ignorant, or is the LiPo battery great? (Probably not the best place to ask since there will be bias, but I was amazed I couldn’t find a cheaper battery).
So, sorry for the ramble, but that’s what was decided upon. Will the Particle Boron and LiPo be enough? Should I be looking at something else? Because the above solution is $62 and I’m all about saving money.
Last question - is the Xenon basically like a Boron, but it’s more for static things, like maybe a smart doorbell or some Home IoT thing? The way it was explained to me, is it uses a mesh network (which duckduckgo’ing tells me is basically a local intranet). If I wanted to do a smart doorbell, or some other home hardware thingy, would Xenon and LiPo combo be good? Or should I get a dev kit? I’m really new and I’m trying hard to research this stuff, but I need expert advice.
Finally, let me share that I’m a web developer, so I’m more of a coder than a hardware person; bare with me . Great to meet you all.