We Listen and Take Action #9: A sense of engagement, Seeed builds the Wio-E5 CAN Development Kit together with the community.
During the past month, we received valuable feedback regarding the design of the vehicle monitoring device based on a Seeed Wio-E5 and CAN Bus from our community.
27th Apr 2022
We were at the design stage of a vehicle monitoring device based on Seeed Wio-E5 and CAN Bus recently, and before finalizing the design, on the 27th of Apr, we sent out our “Voice Needed” message to the community on our LinkedIn, Twitter, Dicord platforms and published the blog: Voice Needed! Should We Manufacture This Wio- E5 CAN Bus Vehicle Monitoring Device? calling for feedback on the product design, additional functions, and product price. We also welcomed the community to join Discord for a more in-depth discussion.
Gratefully, we received plenty of feedback from the community which included adding features, questions regarding product usage, and also the expectation towards product release.
A screenshot of some valuable input from the community by Lily
19th May 2022
After collecting valuable input from the community, we carefully evaluated the feedback with the product team. Meanwhile, our marketing colleagues were constantly updating the community. On the 19th of May, we moved a few more steps towards production with updates to the design.
Here are some of the most exciting changes we made:
- Changed the USB interface to Type-C
- Added support for CAN 2.0 and CAN FD
- Added a waterproof case for the device
- Added protection circuits, such as ESD, etc.
- Added 485 communication interface
2nd Jun 2022
Soon after, two weeks later on the 2nd of June, we’re releasing our Wio-E5 CAN Development Kit, which is based on the Wio-E5 STM32WLE5JC Module and comes with additional CAN FD, CAN 2.0, and RS485 communication interfaces. With this module, you can build a Long Range sensor network using the onboard CAN Bus to read the sensor data of the car and send the data back via Long Range. The device comes with the following features:
- Ultra-low power consumption and high performance
- Extra new CAN FD and RS485 communication function
- CAN Bus communication, MCP2515, and SN65HVD230
- Easy testing and rapid prototyping
- Full GPIOs to a rich set of interfaces, including RS-485, Grove, etc.
- Global Long Range frequency plan supported
- Long-distance transmission range of 10km (ideal value in open area)
- User-friendly waterproof case & solar charging interface provided
Wio-E5 CAN Development Kit will be available to pre-order on 2nd June 2022. If you don’t know what exactly CAN-BUS is, or how a microcontroller and peripheral devices can control your automobile, click here for more information and see other CAN-BUS Hacking tools.
The engagement of our community makes the Wio-E5 CAN Development Kit more powerful and suitable for more prototyping projects. Here, we especially credit Ulrich Spizig, Felicito Escobar, Charles Cai, Thomas, and Dan for their help and for taking part in product development. And one more piece of good news is that we are going to send a sample to you for free as soon as it is in stock! If you don’t receive it for some reason, please contact [email protected] for support. And for someone whose suggestion did not make it into the final product, we still appreciate your support, and a coupon will be sent to your email later, please check it out. Please stay tuned for future updates and let your voices be heard in Wishing Well.
One more Easter Egg! We can’t make this product without the community power and the spirit of open source. To show our gratitude, we’re now giving away 3 Wio-E5 CAN Development Kits to the community!
How to enter the giveaway?
Click to join our Discord community
Share what project you are going to build with our Wio-E5 CAN Development Kit by following the instruction (pinned message) on our new-products channel：Seeed Discord Community
We’ll select 3 of our favorite projects to give away the kits. Winner announcement: June 20, 2022.
We Listen and Take Action
We have always endeavored to provide you with products and services that matter to you and meet your needs and expectations. Here are some of the actions we took based on your feedback, and there will be more to come. So please feel free to leave your comments in the Wishing well and thank you so much for sharing.
We Listen and Take Action #1: Delivery Charge Cut Down by Half, Less Than $5 Shipping All over the World.
We Listen and Take Action #2: Let us Hear Your Voices!
We Listen and Take Action #3: Wio-E5 Modules are Available in Tape/Reel Packaging
We Listen and Take Action #4: Be an Advocate of Open Source Development with Project Sharing
We Listen and Take Action #5: New FedEx Shipping Option Live, Especially for Orders without Batteries
We Listen and Take Action #6: More Radar Sensors for Building Care Alert Solutions for Family
We Listen and Take Action #7: Smoother and Richer Search Experience Now Available