Wrap-up for August: Few-Shot Object Detection, Reliability Testing, PCB Design, Computer Vision and more

So, for this post, we’ve prepared you 4 exciting news, 6  highlighted community projects, 5 Edge AI solutions and cases, and also 3 manufacturing tips (including how we tested the reliability of the SenseCAP Outdoor Enclosure)! 

Hello community, how’s your September? Do you feel the chill and freshness brought by the autumn wind? It’s one of my favorite months, and let’s celebrate it with another monthly wrap-up here at Seeed!

So, for this post, we’ve prepared you 4 exciting news, 6  highlighted community projects, 5 Edge AI solutions and cases, and also 3 manufacturing tips (including how we tested the reliability of the SenseCAP Outdoor Enclosure)! 

Have a good read now!

📰 News that You Might Wanna Know

01 IoT Into the Wild Contest: New Judges & Supporters, Special Discounts, and Firmware Updates on SenseCAP K1100 Kit

We’re happy to announce that Semtech, Helium, SOSV, Nova Labs, HAX, Himax, and Chaihuo x.factory have joined the “IoT Into the Wild Contest” as Judges and/or Supporters. To assist more participants to get started with ‘SenseCAP K1100 Kit, our team is working on developing a firmware SenseCraft to deliver a complete out-of-the-box solution to sense the real-world, process data, and send the data to the cloud in the easiest and fastest way. Moreover, we’re offering a special discount ($30 off) and a free FedEx international shipping option. More details are here.


02 Seeed Studio Joins NVIDIA Metropolis to Help Accelerate Edge AI Across Industries

Seeed Studio announced that it has joined NVIDIA Metropolis, a partner program focused on bringing to market a new generation of vision AI applications. NVIDIA Metropolis nurtures a rich ecosystem and offers powerful developer tools to supercharge vision AI applications that are designed to make the world’s most important spaces and operations safer and more efficient. Read more here.


03 Online tinyML Talk Recap: Data Techniques That Enable Tiny Computer Vision in the Real World

On August 11, we had Jelmer Neeven joining us for the tinyML Talk Shenzhen to share about Data Techniques That Enable Tiny Computer Vision in the Real World. In this talk, Jelmer demonstrated how these tools allow us to identify and address issues in our dataset that negatively affect our models. He also covered the other essential parts to build accurate person detection models that run on the tiniest edge devices. More details.


04 SDG Summer School 2022 Wrap-up: Students’ AI Data Analytics Solution

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SDG Summer School 2022: Open Source Health Solutions” was physically organized in Chaihuo x.factory in July, Shenzhen, China. This event was spearheaded by Geneva Tsinghua Initiative and supported by the Global Fund, WHO, Seeed Studio, University of Geneva, Université de Paris, Learning Planet Institute, and Partisia Blockchain. As a result, participants in Shenzhen came up with an AI data analytics solution to tackle Challenge 6. More details here.

🤖️ Community Project Spotlight

01 Wio Terminal & AWS IoT Core by Muhammad Afzal

In this project, you will learn how to send messages from Wio Terminal to AWS IoT Core using Secure MQTT Protocol. Click to read the full tutorial.


02 eHealth robotic arm by Jaime Andres Rincon Arango

Robot Arm, Like a Doctor

This project aims to create an autonomous or teleoperated system to monitor and assist in the medical care of people living alone, such as the elderly, or living in remote locations. More details.

03 2022 Community Projects Collection of Seeed Studio XIAO Series

Since the release of the XIAO Series, they have been inspiring the community to build creative projects. In this blog, we’d like to recap 10 of these amazing projects in wearables, robotics, micro keyboard, and tinyML. Learn more here.

04 Smell Sensing Drivable Hedgehog Robot by Aashir Jalal and Didier Destabeaux

Smell Sensing Drivable Hedgehog Robot

This robot hedgehog powered by Wio Terminal drives around (controlled from a browser) and can identify up to 5 different smells along the way. Read more.

05 Dempsey – The Garden Monitor by Liam Brennan

Dempsey - The Garden Monitor (Smart-Guardian)

A short introduction to how to use the Helium Network along with tools from SenseCAP and Seeed to build a smart garden system. Read more.


06 TinyML Made Easy: Sound Classification by MJRoBot (Marcelo Rovai)

TinyML Made Easy: Sound Classification (KWS)

Exploration of Machine Learning on a giant tiny device, the Seeed XIAO BLE Sense to classify sound waves. Read more.


🔩 New Open-Source Modules & Updates

01 Open Lab: How I Tested the Communication Distance of Seeed Studio XIAO ESP32C3

This time, we’re having our colleague Matsuoka from the Seeed Japan team show us how he measured the communication distance of Seeed Studio XIAO ESP32C3. Any bold guess on the Wi-Fi communication distance of XIAO ESP32C3? Read the test results here.

02 Back in Stock: Please Grove Creator Kit – β

Grove Creator Kit Beta contains 30 different functional Grove modules, including basic components and enhanced sensors for additional functions for electronic beginners. With the cost-effective price and the full tutorial, it is a great choice for intermediate Arduino and Raspberry Pi developers. More details here.

03 New Release: Ochin Tiny Carrier Board for CM4

The Ochin CM4 is a tiny carrier board for the Raspberry Pi Compute Module equipped with the powerful Quad-core Cortex-A72 CPU and GPU, which features a big RAM size, the CODECs, and Graphic Accelerators. It’s designed for a wide range of applications such as robotics, home automation, and IoT projects. Learn more.


🌾 IIoT Devices, Solutions & Success Cases

01 Unboxing SenseCAP S210X LoRaWAN Sensors: Get Data in 4 Steps

In this video, we’ll unbox the SenseCAP S210X LoRaWAN Sensors, a series of wireless sensor nodes for your IoT solution. We’ll also have a hands-on section to show you how to configure the device on our SenseCAP Mate APP for the first time: get data in 4 steps! More details about the products.

02 Computer Vision 101: What is CV, and How to Implement CV?

Computer vision is a field of artificial intelligence (AI) that enables computers and systems to derive meaningful information. For this post, we’ll explore the definition of computer vision, how computer vision work, computer vision tasks, popular Computer Vision frameworks, libraries, and dev platform, its applications and tools and how to implement CV at the edge. Have a good read here.


03 How Does Soil Sensor Work For Your Lawns

You might don’t know how soil sensor can help detect the lawn. Here are 4 things the a soil sensor can come in help when we are having a lawn: the right temperature for sowing seeds, fertilizing the lawn in a smart way, and more. Read the full post here.


04 Few-Shot Object Detection with TensorRT YOLOv5 and Roboflow

TensorRT is a way out for achieving Faster Training with Fewer Datasets. TensorRT-based applications perform up to 36x faster than CPU-only platforms during inference. We test Ultralytics YOLOv5 and Roboflow with DeepStream SDK and TensorRT running on our reComputer J2021. It achieves a 60FPS inference for 640×640 regarding cow detection. Follow our step-by-step guide to build your custom model and use TensorRT and DeepStream to speed up inference.


05 Case Study: Using NVIDIA Jetson Devices for Real-Time AI-Powered Microscopy Image Analysis

Theiascope platform created by Theia Scientific provides real-time image and data analysis automation technology for scientists and engineers who conduct research utilizing optical, electron, and X-ray-based microscopy with instrumentation in network- and time-constrained environments. They are using the Jetson AGX Xavier and the Jetson Xavier NX modules attached to the Seeed Studio Jetson Mate carrier board (available at Amazon) and packaged as the hardware for the Theiascope™ platform. Read more.

🏭 Manufacturing with Seeed

01 The Reliability Testing of SenseCAP Outdoor Enclosure

A few weeks ago we released the SenseCAP Outdoor Enclosure, which is made of Polycarbonate. Even though it’s IP66 rated, many of you may wonder how reliable it is when it’s applied in various real-life scenarios. So for this episode, let’s take a deep dive into its reliability testing and its user scenario testing! Read the details.

02 How to use Seeed Studio XIAO in your PCB Design

Seeed Studio XIAO SAMD21 by Nanase - Seeed Wiki

Seeed Studio XIAO boards have proven immensely popular in the DIY community for their small size and powerful processing power. But fewer people are aware of an innate feature incorporated into the design of all XIAO boards and the reason behind the unique XIAO footprint. In this article, we look at the PCB design of the XIAO series of modules and show you how you can take advantage of it in your PCB designs. Here we also share the highly anticipated XIAO Eagle and KiCad libraries and footprint guidelines. Read the full post here.

03 Build your LoRaWAN Gateway with Wio-WM1302 and get FREE Seeed Fusion PCBA Prototypes

With LoRa technology becoming simultaneously more accessible and more advanced, developers and DIY enthusiasts alike are increasingly looking to build their own gateways to suit their own needs. To further support LoRaWAN gateway developers and LoRaWAN coverage, Seeed Fusion is providing PCB Assembly services completely free for Wio-WM1302-based boards. Read it here.

That’s it for this entry. As always, we can’t wait to see what you make. Shoot us a tweet @seeedstudio, or let us know on LinkedInDiscord, or publish your project on our Project Hub on Hackster. Please be safe out there, be kind to one another, and we’ll see you next month with even more exciting news!


#Notes at the end.

If you’re new to this session, here is a brief intro. 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 as 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 for prototyping and manufacturing.

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September 2022