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Who doesn't love a good cell-connected board? I sure do. And the Particle Electron gives me a whole lot more reason to love it than just having a cellular connection. It looks cool. It's tiny. It has a TON of pins, including PWMs. It comes with a battery and easy plug-in connector. It has the headers pre-soldered on. It comes with a SIM card. It comes with a data plan.
Need I say more?
In this project, I'll go over how to setup your Particle Electron, attach a GPS module, and stream GPS data to a web-connected dashboard. For a mere $112 and about an hour, you can have a portable, streaming GPS that's reliable, rechargeable, and reprogrammable over-the-air.
Project level: Beginner (with soldering skills) Approximate time to complete: Less than an hour Practicality: Extreme. A portable streaming GPS is always useful.
In this step-by-step tutorial, you will:
- Setup your Electron and connect it to the Cloud
- Attach and read from the GPS
- Stream data from the Electron to a web service using Webhooks
- Build a map dashboard that you can access from your browser