While the Particle Photon “is a very useful prototyping IoT platform”, you won’t be able use it as an IoT device without rolling out your own IoT service or using a paid service such as Azure IoT, AWS IoT, or Google Cloud IoT.
Luckily, adafruit.io is a free Internet-of-Things data and visualization platform (with upgraded and boosted plans available) capable of connecting with your Particle Photon. Digikey’s guide is robust and takes you through the process of connecting your Photon to Adafruit IO – from installing a prebuilt Adafruit IO Particle library to programming an example which can send from your device to Adafruit IO.
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