You really should look at MBientLab and their device the Metaware.
I came from Web, IoT, … and was also afraid of soldering. Metaware is scalable device, very small, with looooots of sensors and … it is programmed with Android / iOS / C# Knowledge.
Here is a little dice I did: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Jd8STcDjUY
Something bad ? Well at scale the device is still expensive compared to a device you would create on you own (1 year later).