Updated: Beta Program of DSO Touch 2nd

Finally, the 2nd test edition is coming !!

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Here are the 2nd testers (6 in total) – shipping begins mid Oct

  • BenF
  • tormod
  • Mark Bauer
  • Doug Thornhill
  • Matthew Shoemaker
  • Josh Siegel

We will contact you next week for confirm. We hope to work with you to improve the usability/UI/functionality of new gadget. SeeedStudio will help you share your knowledge and experience using DSO on blog, from average usages in homebrew projects to hacking the DSO.

The main discussion area is the dso touch board on forum.

If you like to make a difference in the design, welcome to join the management of  DSO Touch Project on trello (open board).

This should be the last give away of DSO Touch, A preview and limited version of DSO Touch will be available on Seeed later.

915MHz RF-to-WiFi gateway by Ti CC3200 Launchpad with Groves

Adrian from TI is having a lot of fun with the Grove modules.

Using the CC3200 WiFi LaunchPad, I created a 915MHz RF-to-WiFi gateway, which aggregates data from 6 different 915MHz RF sensor nodes. Once the CC3200 WiFi gateway receives data from each of the nodes, the CC3200 WiFi LaunchPad then publishes the network data to the cloud to be visualized on a web dashboard.

Raspberry Pi Power-Up Guide: Display

Introducing – Find the one

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Maybe you are already an raspberry pi user, maybe not. We made an comparison between the display for raspberry pi. To make it clear, We make a simple sheet representing the features and specs.

The simplest way to get started with Raspberry Pi is display. Power and boot the Rpi, wait until the main screen! I will never forget the first time playing RPi.

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But there’s a dozen of display out there, see the list below:Yes, quite a lot of them. But there is one happy thing: most of them share the same pinout/interface for RPi, no matter what model your RPi is, B or B+, it always works. For a better choice for you, you’d better understanding the follow definition.

Name LCD Type Size Interface Touch Screen Colors Resolution Ratio Price
2.8″ USB TFT Display Module For Raspberry Pi TFT 2.8 inch SPI Y 65K 320×240 4:3 45.5
3.2 Inch TFT LCD Screen for Raspberry Pi TFT 3.2 inch SPI Y 65K 320×240 4:3 34.95
Raspberry Pi 3.2″ Touchscreen Display w/ 8 extension header TFT 3.2 inch SPI Y 65K 320×240 4:3 29.95
3.5″ Primary Display for Raspberry Pi TFT 3.5 inch SPI Y 65K 480×320 3:2 69
4.3″ Raspberry Pi Display Module TFT 4.3 inch Serial Port Y 65K 480 x 272 N/A 99
7” Diagonal – 1280×800 IPS HDMI/VGA/NTSC/PAL Display IPS 7 inch HDMI/VGA/NTSC/PAL N N/A 1280×800 16:10 129
10.1”LCD Display – 1366×768 HDMI/VGA/NTSC/PAL TFT 10.1 inch HDMI/VGA/NTSC/PAL N 262K 1366×768 16:9 89

What is TFT/IPS?

  • TFT stands for Thin Film Transistor. The Thin film transistor liquid crystal display (TFT LCD) technology is the most common display technology used in mobile phones.
  • IPS LCD Stands for In Plane Switching liquid Crystal Display. This technology offers better display quality as compared to the TFT-LCD display. The good part about IPS LCD is that it offers better viewing angles and consumes less power. Due to higher costs, it is found only on high-end smartphones.

What is HDMI/VGA/NTSC/PAL

  • For some small size display, none of them is used. USB in hardware and SPI in software is much cheaper choice.
  • VGA: Analog signal. Limited by bandwidth which prevents higher resolutions.
  • HDMI: Digital signal. Can carry audio and video data.
  • NTSC is the video system or standard used in North America and most of South America.
  • PAL is the predominant video system or standard mostly used overseas.

Notice for Model B+

The extra pinout will be covered if you use a Model B Compatible display, Raspberry Pi 3.2″ Touchscreen Display w/ 8 extend headers is designed for Model B+ specially, the pinout will be extend to the side of RPi:

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Thinking in Skeleton: laser-drilled micro-holes

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The story begins with Shine.

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When we got misfit shine the first time, we are shocked to see the 1,560 laser-drilled holes on the surface to allow the light from the LEDs through but still keep the water out.

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BTW, this is not a new invented process, if you look at your front of mac pro, you will find the breathing led with micro holes. This is often used on high-end products:

  • the holes are barely seem by eyes
  • lights through, but water out

We tries to make our own micro holes logo

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Back view of Misfit Shine.

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front view

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back view

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lights through

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water out.

We find the suppliers and conclude the basic facts for design

  • a thin layer of coating after laser drilling for dustproof
  • a thickness of 0.2mm is preferred
  • in theory all metal can be drilled, aluminium is preferred since its machinability
  • aperture: 0.01mm
  • hole distance: 0.15mm
  • 100- 150 holes/mins

Here’s how we designed our classic seeed flower

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If you are looking for a quick and cost-effective way to get small holes on your products, seeed is right for you. We discovery, understand and adopt different kind of new processes and technologies.

Updated – search with tags & mobile enable

Search has never been this cool! We tagged our products with it’s features, specs and even how it looks to help you choose from the mess.

e.g. no1: I wanna find NFC enable devices, 13.56 is a good starter.

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e.g. no2: I wanna find some communication module to build my IoT project.

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e.g. no3: I need some portable tools.

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e.g. no4: no more Raspberry Pi, just rpi for short

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BTW, we tested some devices for responsive web design performance. It suits great from cellphone to tablet, check our new product anywhere and anytime.

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New Product – LinkIt™ ONE Hardware Development Kit for Wearables and Internet of Things

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LinkIt™ ONE is the Ultimate Wireless Developer Board for makers and developers to prototype the next wearable and IoT product stars based on MediaTek chipsets

To make Wearables and Internet of Things (IoT) hardware technology accessible and device development a breeze, Seeed Studio has released LinkIt™ ONE, the first development board for the MediaTek LinkIt Development Platform which makes the prototyping of wearable and IoT devices easy and cost-efficient.

In the era of Wearables and IoT, much of the innovation will come from creative and driven pioneers in the developer and maker community. Their creativity needs a robust yet flexible development platform and this need is fulfilled by the LinkIt Development Platform. The LinkIt ONE development board provides the hardware component of that platform. A co-design product by Seeed Studio and MediaTek, LinkIt ONE benefits from Seeed’s knowledge in open hardware and MediaTek’s industry leading reference designs for the Wearable and IoT market.

The LinkIt ONE development board is one of the most feature-rich development boards on the market. It is based on MediaTek Aster (MT2502), the world’s smallest commercial SoC for Wearables, and integrates GSM, GPRS, Bluetooth EDR/BLE, Wi-Fi, GPS, SD Card, and MP3/AAC/AMR Audio features.

To support rapid hardware prototyping, LinkIt ONE provides similar pin-out to the popular Arduino boards. This includes 4-pin Grove standard plug-and-play peripheral interfaces offering support for more than 120 modules, making it easy to build sophisticated prototypes by combining a wide range of sensors and peripherals with LinkIt ONE.

Key LinkIt ONE Features:

  • All-in-one development board, including ARM7 EJ-STM, GSM, GPRS, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth (EDR/BLE), GPS, microSD Card Slot and Audio out
  • Pin-out similar to Arduino UNO, including Digital I/O, Analog Input, PWM, I2C, SPI, UART, Li-Battery power supply and 4-Pin Grove Standard Interfaces
  • Open source LinkIt Hardware Board Reference Design, including schematic, layouts, and pin details , enabling developers to create their own projects using Seeed Studio’s Fusion PCBA Service.

“At the heart of LinkIt ONE is MediaTek Aster, a highly-integrated system-on-chip design which gives designers access to the full range of communication and location acquisition features available in a single board”, says Marc Naddell, Vice President of MediaTek Labs at MediaTek. “This simple, all-in-one package will allow anyone from hobbyists to professional makers and designers to easily create high performance and low power consumption Wearables and IoT devices.”

“MediaTek has very competitive solution for computation and communication, while makers still use traditional industrial components for new connected objects. With LinkIt ONE, we are excited to help Makers bring prototypes to market faster and more easily,” says Eric Pan, CEO of Seeed Studio.

Other tools that developers need are supplied by MediaTek Labs, a central hub for developer offerings, including software development kits (SDKs), technical documentation as well as technical and business support. LinkIt software development is supported by a Developer’s Guide and comprehensive API References. And when makers, device manufacturers, students, DIY hobbyists, programmers, engineers, and developers have used these tools to turn their innovative ideas into practical prototypes, the LinkIt Hardware Board Reference Design enables them to make their products a reality with the Seeed productization and agile manufacturing service.

Makers and developers can download the LinkIt SDK (for Arduino) by registering at MediaTek Labs, http://labs.mediatek.com, and order the LinkIt ONE HDK from Seeed Studio at http://www.seeedstudio.com/linkitone .

About Seeed Studio

Seeed is a hardware innovation platform to help makers grow inspirations into differentiating products. By working closely with technology providers of all scales, Seeed provides accessible technologies with quality, speed and supply chain knowledge. When prototypes are ready to iterate, Seeed helps productize 1 to 1,000 pcs using in-house engineering, supply chain management and agile manufacture forces. Seeed also teams up with incubators, China tech ecosystem, investors and distribution channels to help Maker startups grow exponentially. For more information, please visit www.seeedstudio.com.

Updated – Fusion PCB Jetpack!

1. PCBA Embeds

Fusion PCB integrate Assembly process! More than 240+ commonly used components you can choose to be assembled!

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2. History

Wanna remake the same board?  Here comes Reorder function in your order history.

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We hear you

How do you think of Fusion PCB new version? We would like to hear your opinions to improve the service we bring to you! Feel free to post pictures and comments on us!

  • Twitter: @seeedfusionpcb
  • Email: Pcb at seeedstudio dot com 

 

 

Discount – Get Crazyflie @Massdrop

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Get your discounted crazyflie @massdrop:

If you ever wanted to build a development kit with the power of flight, now’s your chance. An open source kit designed for flexible development and hacking, the Crazyflie Nano Quadcopter Kit 10-DOF w/ Radio comes with all the parts you need to construct your own aircraft weighing only 0.67 oz and measuring 3.54” motor to motor. To see the copter in action, scroll on down to embedded video just before the Specs section. 

New Product – Grove starter kit plus for Intel Galileo Gen 1 & Gen 2

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Grove Starter Kit Plus – Intel® IoT Edition is a starter kit for IoT developer, it is also a complete hardware & software solution to help you explore the IoT space and create innovative projects. There are two kits which support Intel Galileo Gen 1 or 2.

Updated – 300pcs LinkIt ONE will be in stock on Sep 22th

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Featured product

LinkIt ONE is built to offer similar pin-out to the popular Arduino boards ,4-pin grove interfaces and peripheral interfaces, making it easy to add sensors, peripherals, and Arduino Shields to LinkIt ONE and create fully featured wearable and IoT device prototypes. Here you can reach some widgets to have comprehensive understanding of this platform, and we will develop more one after another.

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