I have tinkered with Arduino in the past. While not an accomplished C programmer, I can fumble my way through it. I stumbled upon this “pseudo-Arduino” project board while trying to configure an Arduino to connect to IOT. I found out that there once was a “Smart Things” shield for Arduino but the project was discontinued. Then I discovered this.

I just received my initial board(s). I bought the Photon.

My intention is to construct this for my first project. I’ll update whenever I get the opportunity to play with the Photon.

Update. Save the freight charges. The photon is available on Amazon (Not an affiliate link). If you’re patient (or a member of Amazon Prime) freight is free!