Inspiration

I was thinking about my Tiles. While they are extremely useful, they do have severe limitations - namely, that they need a Bluetooth connection to your phone to report their location. This restricts their tracking to "somewhere within 60 or so feet of your phone", which is very low.

What it does

elit shows you where it is from anywhere in the world. I made a website to show the location of the device.

How I built it

I used a Particle Electron microcontroller for the actual device. I used Firebase as a database for the microcontroller to transmit its location to, and I used JavaScript/HTML/CSS to create a website to view the tracker's location.

Challenges I ran into

Making the text and email alerts was a bit challenging. The Twilio APIs do take a little bit to get used to. Twilio's functions turned out to be very helpful.

Accomplishments that I'm proud of

Making a complete project on my own.

What I learned

Twilio APIs are very useful. Also, how to wire a breadboard.

What's next for elit

Mobile app, more advanced alert system (e.g. "text me when elit arrives at a certain location").

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