As a software developer, my career's focus has always been on the virtual. In the last several years, I've seen the line between the virtual and physical world are slowly blurring. I have spent my fair share of money on electronics, bread boards, and components and I thought I would let readers know the five projects I found to be most fun.
1. Raspberry Pi
The Raspberry Pi is the most exciting piece of hardware to come out in recent years. They are relatively inexpensive that it makes sense to have one around. If you want to get more out of your IoT experience, I also recommend the Sense HAT accessory, which offers the following:
Measure environmental conditions (temperature and humidity.)
The bright 8 x 8 RGB LED display can be used to display sensor data or games.
An on-board directional joystick provides a human interface for navigation and input.
2. Circuit Scribe
Circuit Scribe is an amazingly simple, yet profound experience. I purchased the Maker Kit, but my only regret is I didn't splurge and get the Developer Kit. The book comes with predesigned circuits that you can just color in and create a fun experience.
Zetta is for those with aspirations of building their IoT infrastructure. When we designed project Sparkles, we put a lot of the logic on the Raspberry Pi itself. For future projects, it makes sense to use Zetta to accomplish the same functionality.
IFTTT, or better known as If This Then That, is a web service that allows you to take triggers and tie them to actions. Conceptually it is simple but powerful. With the addition of the Maker Channel, anything is possible.
5. Particle Photon
If you have aspirations of building the next mass-market smart device, the Particle Photon is where you want to start. With a backend ready for you to use, you can spend the majority of your time connecting hardware components and writing code.
Here are a few more projects that I find intriguing and probably worth checking out: