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The mini breakout board was designed for those people who are planning on developing a custom board. So, this board serves as a prototyping board that gives access to Edison's GPIOs in order for the user to connect their own circuits and test them before designing/manufacturing a final board. The mini breakout board's interfaces work a voltage of 1.8v so, if you'd like to use a sensor that works at a different level, you'll have to use a level translator. I believe a good way to start getting familiar with the mini breakout board and the Edison's hardware is to read their hardware guides, which you can find in:
In order to interact with Edison's interfaces, such as SPI, I2C, etc., you can do so by using mraa. You can find more details about this library here:
Intel used to offer a cloud solution (https://software.intel.com/en-us/intel-iot-platforms-getting-started-cloud-analytics), nevertheless, this project has been discontinued. However, there are several alternative solutions for this. You can check https://software.intel.com/en-us/iot/hardware/edison#cloud in order to learn about them.
I hope this information helps you,