The Particle Argon is a development kit with Wi-Fi, mesh, and Bluetooth radios for building connected projects and products.
To set up your Argon, you'll need an Android or iOS mobile phone and a connection to the internet.
- Argon development kit
- Starter Project
- One micro-USB cable
- One mini breadboard
- Electronic components
- Two resistors (220 ohm)
- One light-emitting diode (LED)
- One phototransistor
For a short (~4 min) overview of what the Argon setup process looks like, watch the video below.
Once you're ready to proceed, use the online setup application to configure your new Argon. The process includes the following.
- Registration of your device with your Particle account
- Connection of your device to the Particle Device Cloud
- Particle Mesh network configuration
Once you've completed the setup you will be able to program your device and send over-the-air (OTA) updates to it.
To begin setting up your Argon, click the button below and follow the onscreen instructions. When you've completed set up, continue to Step #2.
1.) If you have already set up your Argon, skip to Step #2.
2.) During set up you may skip setting up a Particle Mesh network and use the Argon in a standalone mode.
To program your Argon, open a new browser tab and go to the Web IDE. You will see a layout like the image below.
The Web IDE is one of the ways you can write, compile, and deploy code to your Particle devices.
If you're looking for a more traditional embedded development experience, be sure to learn about Particle Workbench, a full toolchain integration with Microsoft Visual Studio Code.
Click on Blink an LED on the left side of the page. As soon as you click the Blink and LED code will load and fill the screen as shown below.
The code is heavily commented to help you understand the general structure of the sketch: the first part of the code declares two variables, the setup() function configures two pins as outputs, and finally the loop() which turns the onboard LED on, then off, then loops continuously.
The Web IDE can be used with multiple devices. As such, when you go to compile source code, it's a good idea to verify that the device you are intending to program has a gold star to the left of its name in the Devices tab (circle with 4 lines).
Click the lightning bolt icon on the top left of your screen to flash your code to your device.
As soon as you click, the Particle Device cloud will compile the program source code to a binary file and send it over-the-air (OTA) to your Argon.
You'll often see words like flashing and deploying used interchangeably.
For more hardware examples to try, visit the hardware examples.