Apologies for delivering our recap of September a bit late. We had a 7-day holiday from Oct 1st to 7th, and with my procrastination, and then it’s NOW. For this post, we’ll cover 6 awesome projects from the community, exciting events & courses, new products, success cases in agriculture, poultry farming, and greenhouse, 2 new ready-to-deploy IIoT solutions and even secret recipes of prototyping and manufacturing.
Now, please enjoy our September Monthly Wrap-up, and hope you will have a good read.
News that You Might Wanna Know
Seeed is on tinyML Foundation Talks webcast
If you’ve missed this week’s tinyML Foundation Talks webcast on August 31, here is your chance: watch the recap video. In this “Speech-to-intent model deployment to low-power low-footprint devices” talk, our Dmitry Maslov shared techniques to train a specific domain speech-to-intent model and deploy it to a low-power, low-footprint device such as our Cortex-M4F-based Wio Terminal.Watch it on YouTube here：https://lnkd.in/gW-4MUdD
Computer Vision with Embedded Machine Learning Course on Coursera
Having Shawn Hymel as the main instructor, we’re happy to recommend the new course Computer Vision with Embedded Machine Learning powered by Edge Impulse, OpenMV LLC, and the tinyML Foundation on Coursera. The course is free for everyone with an optional professional certificate available. The course covers important concepts in computer vision, including how digital images are constructed, stored, and manipulated. More details about the course: https://lnkd.in/gbZib4Ps
Wio Terminal Was Featured in Microsoft’s Series Online Hackathons
The team at Microsoft has carried out a series of online hackathons called IoT for Beginners: Wio Terminal Hackathon, which happened from September 27 to October 5. During this event, the participants have been guided by Jim Bennett and Benjamin Cabé to the world of the Internet of Things and learn the basic concepts including building Wio Terminal IoT projects connecting to the cloud.More details: https://lnkd.in/gDnnE5hy
Last Call for Makers for the Upcoming Maker Faire Shenzhen 2021
Exhibit your awesome projects virtually at Maker Faire Shenzhen 2021, and wow the whole community. The deadline of the application is October 30th, 17 days to go! Apply one online booth now! ️Apply here: https://lnkd.in/gktb_6p
Explore the Car Hacking with Seeed
Nowadays, automobiles have around 60 to 100 sensors units for sensing and exchanging information. Use a microcontroller like Arduino and peripheral devices to control your automobile. Here we put together all our CAN Bus Car Hacking products, tools and tutorial together in this landing page to invite you to hack the cars.
️Community Project Spotlight
Voice Activated Robo Car on Microcontroller with TinyML by Vincent Kok
Using voice recognition with the in-built microphone, Wio Terminal will be able to recognize the go, stop and background noise by TinyML. Read the tutorial here.
Wio Terminal MQTT client using Arduino IDE by Francesco Azzola
Francesco uses Wio Terminal to subscribe to MQTT topic and receive messages. Moreover, he will use the Wio Terminal LCD display to shows the MQTT messages. Read full tutorial: https://lnkd.in/gaqCeiNE
Coffee disease classification with ML by João Vitor Yukio Bordin Yamashita
João Vitor Yukio Bordin Yamashita used Seeed Maix Bit as a hardware component to make a project by creating a system that can identify and classify diseases. It can classify coffee diseases by using images of coffee leaves and convolutional networks embedded in a $14 board powered by batteries. Read the full tutorial on Hackster.io: https://lnkd.in/g4AhWCst
Building a Robot Arm Using Wio Terminal by Elephant Robotics
Elephant Robotics recently made a 6-axis Robot Arm myCobot based on Wio Terminal. myCobot is one of Elephant Robotics’ signiture products, regarded as the World’s Smallest and Lightest 6-axis Robot Arm. Watch the demo video of myCobot powered by Wio Terminal: https://lnkd.in/geeZfkmn
Using a Raspberry Pi Grove Sensor in an Azure IoT Edge Module by EI Bruno
EI Bruno created a Microsoft Azure IoT Module using Raspberry Pi Trading and Grove Sensors. His tutorial also covers how to access specifics sensors connected to the device and send telemetry, and more. Read details here: https://lnkd.in/gHuwqWke
DIY Fingerprint Login for Any Computer (xiao + Arduino + Gt521f32) by Christian Barran
“I want my workstation to have a biometric login. So I made one using the Seeeduino Xiao and the GT-521F fingerprint scanner.” Full tutorial here.
New Open-Source Products & Updates
New Product: Wio Lite AI Single Board
Hello community, please meet our Wio Lite AI Single Board, a new member of our AI and machine learning lineup. It’s an AI vision development board equipped with an STMicroelectronics STM32H725AE, Arm Cortex-M7, dual-band 2.4GHz/5GHz Wi-Fi, BLE 5.1, camera inputs, and more. All these features make it a cost-efficient tool for vision projects. More details about the product: https://lnkd.in/gdbikEU6 A big shout-out to James Lewis for writing such a detailed piece on Hackster.io, introducing the board. ️James’ Article on Hackster: https://lnkd.in/ghVe9uym
What Is Yocto? Why Should You Use Yocto for Embedded Linux Applications
Yocto Project is a cool open-source community project that allows you to build your own Linux system from scratch to booting into your embedded hardware, which makes embedded Linux simple and accessible. This article will talk about: Yocto Project basics, how Yocto Project helps embedded hardware systems customized, how to develop your Linux image on reTerminal. Read the post here.
Arduino Fun Projects Roundup with Grove Kits: Tutorials, Reviews, and Community Feedback
Arduino boards are something Seeed’s community has been passionate about for years. For this roundup post, we will cover kits that are compatible with Arduino, projects tutorials, and even product reviews. Click here to learn more details.
reTerminal Video by Dmitry Maslov
Dmitry used a Raspberry Pi Trading compute module 4 powered reTerminal, and summerized four optimization techniques (Designing smaller networks, Reducing precision a.k.a. quantization, Optimized kernels, Sparse inference and pruning), which are very helpful when aiming for running a real-time model inference on raspberry pi 4. Watch the full video: https://lnkd.in/gTRQyRY8
Build Your Own GUI Application on Our reTerminal Using LVGL
Want to build your own GUI application using LVGL? LVGL provides everything you need to create an embedded GUI with easy-to-use graphical elements, beautiful visual effects, and a low memory footprint. LVGL is a graphics library targeting microcontrollers with limited resources. However we can use it to create embedded GUIs with high-end microprocessors and boards running the Linux operation system, such as our reTerminal. Read the tutorial and example code here: https://lnkd.in/geif83iE
How to Generate reTerminal Firmware using Buildroot
Buildroot is an easy-to-use tool that simplifies and automates the process of building a complete Linux system for an embedded system, using cross-compilation. It has a simple structure that makes it easy to understand and extend. It relies only on the well-known Makefile language. Full tutorial: https://lnkd.in/gHnwjRPE
Product Review by Tom’s Hardware: Seeed’s XIAO RP2040 is a diminutive board
It looks too small to be useful, but appearances can be deceptive. Les Pounder on Tom’s Hardware shares his feelings about using Seeed XIAO, let’s see if it is worth the $5. This isn’t the first XIAO board from Seeed, previously there was an Arm Cortex M0+ running at 48 MHz powered model, Seeeduino XIAO which looks identical to the XIAO RP2040 and is also identically priced at $5.40. The XIAO was an impressive board, but the XIAO RP2040 brings the RP2040 SoC to the table and with that we have a much more powerful microcontroller.Want to know more details about it? Check it here:https://lnkd.in/gZv7_r9c
Field-Ready IIoT Solution: Precision Animal Husbandry Enabled by Seeed’s SenseCAP LoRaWAN Hardware and Machinechat’s JEDI One Software
In order to accelerate precision farming to maintain an optimal level of environmental conditions tailored to the growth and health of livestock in multiple housing sites, Seeed and Machinechat collaborated to make a ready-to-be-deployed IIoT solution, that measures, transfers, aggregates, and visualizes the real-time environmental data of temperature, humidity, light intensity, and air quality. Learn more here.
Ready to Deploy Solution: Seeed’s SenseCAP and Machinechat’s JEDI One Together Optimizes Greenhouse Operations
Seeed’s IIoT devices – SenseCAP LoRaWAN sensors and gateway – that measures and transfers the data of temperature, humidity, moisture and light intensity – and Machinechat’s software platform (JEDI One) collaborated to accelerate development and deployment of various environmental-monitoring scenarios to optimize greenhouse operations. Learn more about the solution.
Success Story: SenseCAP LoRaWAN Devices Deployed for Poultry Farming Accelerate Sustainable Animal Husbandry
Smart Poultry Farming Project depicts how SenseCAP LoRaWAN gateway and sensors are transforming the traditional animal husbandry industry sustainably, by harnessing IoT environmental sensing and monitoring for environmental variables of poultry farms. This Project seeks to advance the UN’s SDGs 2, 3, 4, 8, 6, 7, 9, 12, 13 and 17. Learn more about the case here.
Food Traceability for Smart Supply Chain Management Enabled by SenseCAP LoRaWAN in Shenzhen, China
Baoneng Cold Chain Warehouse Project introduces how Seeed’s SenseCAP series is helping food industry players to manage their products intelligently and safely to reduce time, resources, and wastes, and to contribute to the UN’s SDGs 12, 3, 9 and 17. Learn more here.
SenseCAP Smart Environmental Monitoring Empowers Rural Agriculture & Tourism for SDGs in Heyuan, China
Xiankeng Village Project describes how Seeed’s partnership with Vanke has contributed to China’s rural revitalization efforts, by helping out rural farmers to monitor their rice paddies more intelligently, and to encourage local tourism in order to enhance their livelihoods. By using the SenseCAP IIoT solution, this Project seeks to contribute to the UN’s SDGs 1, 8, 9, 11 and 17. Learn more here.
Smart Greenhouse for Sustainable Agriculture: SenseCAP LoRaWAN Enables Tropical Fruit Cultivation in Northern China
Laiwu Tropical Fruit Cultivation Project portrays a successful case of our SenseCAP LoRaWAN series applied to smart greenhouse farming of tropical fruits in Northern China. Through this Project, Northern farmers are equipped with new knowledge on automated greenhouse control, and the value of precision farming. By doing so, the Project can positively influence the UN’s SDGs 10, 2, 1, 8, 9, 12, 11, 16, 13 and 17. Learn more.
Cherry Tomato Plantation with SenseCAP LoRaWAN: Smart Farming at Greenhouse for SDGs in the Netherlands
Autonomous Greenhouse Challenge Project illustrates a case on AI and IoT-enabled cherry tomato production at a greenhouse enabled by Seeed’s SenseCAP LoRaWAN sensors and gateway. Thereby, this Project can contribute to technological innovation of the traditional agriculture sector, help cultivate sustainable food produce by lowering negative environmental impacts, and enhance the UN’s SDGs 2, 1, 8, 9, 12, 13 and 17. Learn more here.
Prototyping and Manufacturing
Kogakuin University Researchers Cut the Cost of Indoor Environmental Monitoring to 1/20th with the help of Seeed Fusion
Indoor thermal environment instruments are usually very expensive, generally over $1000 for one unit. Take a look at how researchers at Kogakuin University cut the cost of indoor environmental monitoring by 1/20th with the help of our Fusion services. More details about the success case here.
Seeed Fusion Updates V0: PCBs and the Pandemic – Understanding Manufacturing and Cost
In the following weeks and months, we will be updating Seeed Fusion webpages in stages, including the addition of tools and smarter implementations to ultimately make the experience more convenient and faster. Expect a new Gerber Viewer, CAD downloads for the OPL and more. Learn more details here.
PCB Assembly Tips: The Importance of ESD Protection during PCB Assembly
Electrostatic discharge (ESD) can inadvertently damage expensive electronic equipment, resulting in a catastrophic failure out-front or premature failure in the field. ESD is an invisible but serious threat in many electronics manufacturing facilities but with effective ESD management, electronics manufacturers can keep on top of static caused defects and realize greater yield, lower re-work workload, and improve the longevity and reliability of their products. How to do it then? Click here to get things right.
#Notes at the end.
If you’re new to this session, here is a brief intro to it. We have gotten dozens of requests over the years for a Seeed Monthly Newsletter. Although we already have a newsletter for weekly updates, we still need a place to host overall information about what’s happened on a monthly basis. It can offer an efficient and friendly way to get updated for the whole community. And that’s what we expect for our Seeed Monthly Wrap-ups. Instead of putting it a subscribe-to-read, we’re publishing them on our blog, keeping it as open and accessible as possible for the whole community. For each entry, we will cover awesome projects from the community, campaigns that we are running, new products, IIoT Solutions and even secret recipes of prototyping and manufacturing.