Dense: Physically and Electronically

Dense: Physically and Electronically

Particle Pin Markings
A Particle Photon, labelled

The Photon is chunky, and dense: physically and electronically. 

The base slab of this board is made from fiberglass and epoxy laminate. It's thick, non-conductive. Electricity is not going to skitter around this surface: it will go where you tell it to go; it will follow the copper paths etched into the surface.  

Two rows of tiny burnished copper holes run along the two long edges: 18 holes in all. The same number of spikey "headers" stick out like spindley insect legs. 

Photon with headers

On top: two nubby buttons (marked RESET and SETUP), inscrutable clusters of upper case letters and numbers in white: 3V3, VIN, RST.

A tiny LED light is buried deep in the swatch of connectors; there's also an antenna connector, a white ceramic block, and a mini-usb connector.

Introduce electricity, and this device can marshall it: it can make it do things.

Any questions? It's all explained on the datasheet, a few dozen different ways, literally. (If the Photon looks different than these pictures, it's because the company has now upgraded the Photon to a Photon 2.)


And yet the most powerful thing about it -- its built-in connection to the cloud.

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