Seeed Monthly Wrap-up for August

Seeed Monthly for August highlights 11 groundbreaking news stories, 6 fascinating industrial case studies, 5 product and tech updates, 7 Seeed Wikis and 3 inspiring projects.

Hey community,

 

Don’t miss the latest Seeed Monthly for August! Prepare for 11 groundbreaking news stories, 6 fascinating industrial case studies, and 5 product and tech updates that will leave you in awe. Boost your knowledge with 7 Seeed Wikis, offering expert insights. Dive into the vibrant open-source community with 3 inspiring projects. Discover the power of technology and join the journey into the world of Seeed!

📰 I. News that You Don’t Wanna Miss

 

01. Seeed Studio Launches The Card-Size LoRaWAN GPS Tracker for Asset & Personnel Tracking on Kickstarter

Exciting News! Seeed Studio has announced the launch of its groundbreaking card-size LoRaWAN GPS tracker SenseCAP T1000 on Kickstarter. SenseCAP T1000 is the go-to choice for your tracking solutions! With SenseCAP T1000 Tracker, you do not need to compromise. It is equipped with all the features and functionalities that are crucial to track your valued assets and be informed of emergency signals from your beloved ones to offer timely help. 

The SenseCAP T1000 is available for pre-order exclusively on Kickstarter with an exclusive 33% off discounts at $28 starting from 8AM on August 22 (PT). Join us on this incredible journey by clicking here.

02. Complete the GPS Tracker Survey for a Chance to Win Big!

 

 

Don’t miss out on this opportunity to make your voice heard and potentially win the LoRaWAN GPS Tracking Pack. Participate in our #GPSTrackerSurvey and be a part of shaping the future of GPS tracking technology! The LoRaWAN GPS Tracking Pack includes the SenseCAP M2 LoRaWAN Gateway and two SenseCAP T1000 Trackers. It’s our way of saying thank you for your valuable inputs and contributions to our community. The lucky winner in will be announced in early September! Click here to fill the survey. 

 

03. Seeed’s NVIDIA Jetson Platform to Be Manufactured in Vietnam

 

Seeed’s NVIDIA Jetson Platform to Be Manufactured in Vietnam

 

To address growing customer demands, we started product manufacturing in Vietnam. In July, we successfully produced and delivered the first batch of Seeed’s BeagleBone Green boards from our Vietnamese manufacturing hub. It’s with great excitement that we unveil our next steps: both the classic reComputer and the fanless reComputer Industrial of the NVIDIA Jetson Orin family are now poised to be manufactured in Vietnam. Moreover, we are introducing the option of an ODM (Original Design Manufacturer) service for reComputer, with a minimum order quantity (MOQ) starting at 300 units. Read more.

 

04. TinyML Challenges 2023: Apply Now for Seeed’s Free Hardware to Complete your Projects!

Seeed is happy to sponsor the AI for Good TinyML Challenges 2023, which is organized by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP) and the tinyML Foundation, providing free hardware support for participants to complete their projects.

We are sponsoring three tinyML Challenge Problem Statements:

Click the above links to join the challenges! You can apply for Seeed Studio’s hardware by filling out our application form. Don’t miss out on this opportunity! Read more.

 

05. Meet us in Israel! AI Hardware & Edge Summit by Arrow Intelligent Solutions

 

AI Hardware & Edge Summit by Arrow Intelligent Solutions

 

We will attend AI Hardware & Edge Summit in Israel, sponsored by ARROW Intelligent Solutions. Together with leading hardware manufacturers & software platforms, let’s explore the strategies to harness AI across technological domains like Embedded AI, Servers, Cloud, and beyond, to dive real-world Implementations!

🗓️ Date: September 5, 2023

📍 Location: Leonardo City Tower, Ramat Gan, Israel

Find more details here

 

06. Fab23 Bhutan: Igniting a Sustainability-Native Tech Ecosystem

 

 

Eric Pan, founder and CEO of Seeed Studio, is a longtime member of the global Fab Lab community. He participated at the highly anticipated Fab23 Bhutan last month as a Keynote Speaker as well as delivering two workshops. During Eric’s stay at Bhutan, Sam Peterson, the Communications & PR Coordinator of Fab Foundation, had an interview with him to learn more about his story. Read more.

07. Webinar on Sep. 5: Real-Time Location Systems and Applications by TagoIO and Seeed Studio

 

 

Have you ever wanted to have a deep dive into a real-time location system (RTLS)? Or you wanna learn what cool applications there are for our just released SenseCAP T1000 LoRaWAN GPS Tracker?

Join us for an insightful webinar on September 5 at 11am (EST), where our Shuyang Zhou will join David Hall, Customer Success Manager at TagoIO and delve into Real-Time Location Systems (RTLS) and their transformative applications. Discover how RTLS technology reshapes the IoT landscape, unlocks unprecedented insights, enhances operational efficiency, and creates immersive experiences. Register Now. 

 

08. Join Seeed Studio’s Global Journey: Events All Year Round!

 

 

We are thrilled to share with you the exciting lineup of outreaching events that we have planned for the upcoming months and throughout the year. With numerous inquiries pouring in, we are committed to reaching every corner of the world to connect with you and share our latest innovations. Get ready to mark your calendars and join us at these incredible events where we’ll be showcasing our cutting-edge products and engaging in insightful discussions. Here’s a sneak peek of the events we’ll be attending.

09. Seeed Studio Is Calling for Contributors on GitHub

Seeed Contributor is a dynamic program crafted to bring makers like you from our community together, co-building innovative solutions. We’re calling on all skill levels – whether you’re a coding guru or just diving into hardware hacking. If you’ve got a thing for Seeed products, you’re totally welcome to jump in!

The Seeed Contributor Program is the ticket for you to jump right into the co-building action, crafting, and steering the path of this open community. We’re extending an invitation to join us on this journey and put your stamp on the world of innovation! Ready to make waves? Click here to jump in.

10. 30-Day Countdown | MFSZ23 Calling for Makers of Solutions

 

 

Maker Faire Shenzhen 2023 is scheduled for November 11th-12th. Call4Makers will be open till September 30th, 2023. If you want to showcase your innovative ideas and the impact they have on industry innovation, meet like-minded makers, and explore the specific applications of cutting-edge technologies in various industries at one of the largest maker innovation events in the world, we invite you to sign up by clicking here

11. Share Your Story to Win a $1000 Travel Grant to Maker Faire Shenzhen 2023

 

 

What’s your favorite memory of being a Seeed user during these past 15 years? Share your story with us here and we’ll select 10 applicants who shared the stories that we love the most to receive this thank-you gift pack: a $1000 grant for your trip to Shenzhen during Maker Faire Shenzhen 2023, and a free booth for you to showcase your amazing projects.  Read more.

🎬 II. Industrial Case Studies

01. Smart Building Metering Made Easy: BeagleBone® Green-based Solution for Real-time Monitoring and Optimization

As for tracking factory and residential needs such as water, electricity, and gas, Seeed Studio‘s customized BeagleBone® Green is used as a smart gateway to collect real-time data and transmits data to the cloud for real-time and remote monitoring.

The functionality of bidirectional control has been upgraded, allowing for unprecedented capabilities and exceptional ease of use. This BeagleBone®-based solution helps in monitoring the system in real time, data tracing, overload warning in a long life cycle. It has been successfully deployed in large-scale installations, with thousands of customers benefiting from its features.  Discover More.

 

02. Creating a Smart and Safe Haven: The Perfect Blend of Seeed Studio reTerminal, Home Assistant OS, and Frigate with Coral AI USB TPU

 

 

In an era where smart technology seamlessly integrates into our daily lives, the pursuit of an intelligent and secure home automation system has never been more compelling. In this article, we’ll delve into the dynamic synergy between the Seeed Studio reTerminal, Home Assistant OS, and the Frigate add-on with Coral AI USB TPU. This transformative trio offers a unique opportunity to establish a centralized, privacy-conscious, and AI-driven home automation setup that not only enhances your lifestyle but also ensures the safety of your loved ones and property. Read more here.

 

03. Rice Pest and Disease Monitoring Solution to Ensure a Bountiful Harvest 

 

 

To tackle the problem of rice pests and diseases in the field, Seeed Studio, partnered with Chengdu Yunyi Technology Co., deployed the Rice Pest & Disease Mornitoring and Forecasting solution in Guangxi, China. This project utilized the SenseCAP S1000 Weather Sensor, SenseCAP S2105 Sensor, SensCAP 4G Sensor Hub, as well as the SenseCAP Portal and Mobile APP. Meteorology is not only necessary for the growth of rice, but also a key factor in the occurrence and spread of pests and diseases. Real-time monitoring can guide farmers in developing field management practices, such as irrigation, fertilization, and use of pesticides, ensuring a bountiful harvest. Read more.

 

04. SenseCAP Devices Enabling Sophisticated Fermentation Control in Baijiu Distillery

Chinese Baijiu, a labor-intensive industry, has a much lower level of automation compared to other brewing industries. To address the need of digital transformation in traditional Baijiu brewing industry, Seeed Studio has helped to build up a Smart Fermentation Management and Control Platform for a Baijiu manufacturer in Shanxi, China. Explore more.

 

05. Feed your Cat by combining Seeed’s Raspberry Pi HMI reTerminal and Xiao together with Node-RED

 

 

Many pet cat enthusiasts hope to ensure that their pets have a stable food supply and avoid food waste and mess in the room while they are away. Therefore, we came up with an interesting idea to use Raspberry Pi HMI reTerminal and Xiao, combined with Node-RED, to create a cat feeder, helping cat owners better take care of their feline friends. 

Read more.

06. Driving Efficiency in Laser Marking with HALaser Systems’ Breakthrough Solution with Seeed’s BeagleBone® Green

 

 

An experienced partner from the laser marking industry HALaser Systems has been using Seeed’s BeagleBone® Green hardware to develop a leading scanner controller card, enabling precise marking with laser and widely applied in various industry applications. More

👩‍💻 III. Product & Tech Updates

 

01. Passive Cooling Design for NVIDIA Jetson Platform, Enhanced Thermal Management

Passive Cooling Design for NVIDIA Jetson Platform, Enhanced Thermal Management  

An overly enthusiastic fan might seem like a solution, but it could inadvertently introduce a concentrated surge of warmth, leaving critical components toastier than anticipated.

Enter the realm of passive cooling—a sophisticated approach that addresses both noise concerns and localized overheating. Hardware engineers have introduced innovative tools to efficiently manage the thermal energy generated by NVIDIA Jetson platforms through passive cooling methods such as heat sinks, heat pipes, and natural convection. These strategies effectively dissipate heat without relying on power-hungry fans, leading to enhanced power efficiency, reduced maintenance demands, and suitability for rugged environments where contaminants might disrupt active cooling mechanisms.

More info to find.

 

02. Remote Management for Edge AI Devices and Models across Diverse Applications
 

 

When talking about AI deployment on the edge, it’s quite flexible and smooth for an individual project or demo testing to adjust model parameters and hardware connections on 1 device. However, things are going to be more complicated across industrial applications, especially when you own 100 or even 10k+ devices at the same time, deploying in different cities or areas. Effective management could be a difficult problem. 

In this blog, Jennie would introduce three useful AI software that are working well on our NVIDIA Jetson Edge devices. Click for more.

 

03. NVIDIA Jetson with Autodistill: Deploy Computer Vision with Efficient Auto-labeling Method

 

 

Before releasing the power of the Jetson Edge device for AI inferencing and processing, there’s always a key issue with time-consuming effort and much resources input on it, which is dataset labeling preparation. Traditionally, annotating image data in a manual way could be accurate for model training but should be within a long time process. Autodistill with Grounded-SAM and YOLOv8 can help you simplify the process by automatically labeling training data for edge-developing scenarios.  Discover more.

 

04. Seeed’s First Product for Amazon Sidewalk – XIAO nRF52840 Module Has Been Successfully Integrated 
 

 

In August 2023, we proudly announced our partnership with Amazon Sidewalk as an ecosystem partner. We have successfully integrated and certified the XIAO nRF52840 Module for Amazon Sidewalk. This module will empower developers to create their own Bluetooth LE devices with Amazon Sidewalk capabilities and explore the vast potential of Sidewalk-enabled IoT solutions. Learn more.

05. We Listen and Take Action #15: Introducing the No-Code Setup for mmWave Sensors with Home Assistant

Our ready-to-use, open-source mmWave Human Detection Sensor Kit is driven by the Seeed Studio XIAO ESP32C3. This kit comes with an onboard 24GHz mmWave Human Static Presence Module Lite, which can be swapped out for any mmWave series sensor from Seeed. We’ve introduced a No-Code approach to set up your Home Assistant which involves only a few easy steps, completing installation in 1 to 2 minutes without any coding complexities.  Discover more.

 

📚 IV. Seeed Wiki and Know-Hows

01. NVIDIA® Jetson™ Powered Edge AI Devices Guide

NVIDIA® Jetson™ brings accelerated AI performance to the Edge in a power-efficient and compact form factor. The Jetson family of modules all use the same NVIDIA CUDA-X™ software, and support cloud-native to build, deploy, and manage AI at the edge across all industries. Seeed is the authorized reseller of NVIDIA Jetson Developer Kits and Elite Partner of the NVIDIA Jetson ecosystem. Based on our with our over 15 years of hardware expertise, we offer a one-stop experience to simplify edge AI development including standard carrier boards and devices family, ODM services of both hardware & image flashing. Together with leading AI ecosystem partners, Seeed speeds time to market for customers by handling integration, manufacturing, fulfillment, and distribution. Check Out the Collection Page for NVIDIA Jetson devices by Seeed Studio today.

 

02. SenseCAP T1000 Tracker

 

 

SenseCAP T1000 is a compact LoRaWAN® tracker that utilizes GNSS/Wi-Fi/Bluetooth for precise indoor & outdoor location tracking. It boasts self-geo-adaptive capabilities, local data storage, and an impressive months of battery life. Additionally, it is equipped with temperature, light, and motion sensors, making it ideal for a variety of location-based applications. Learn more.

03. TinyML Workshop Course

 

 

Welcome to the course on using SenseCraft Model Assistant and Edge Impulse for TinyML on the XIAO ESP32S3 Sense! This course is a culmination of Seeed Studio’s offline workshops, and it aims to provide you with a comprehensive understanding of how to utilize SenseCraft Model Assistant and Edge Impulse platforms effectively. We will explore the functionalities of SenseCraft Model Assistant, learn about Edge Impulse’s capabilities, and focus on implementing TinyML on the XIAO ESP32S3 development board. Find out more.

 

04. Frigate intergrating with reTerminal DM

In this article, we’ll explore the synergy between Seeed Studio reTerminalDM, Home Assistant OS, and the Frigate add-on with Coral AI USB TPU. This trio offers a unique opportunity for a centralized, privacy-conscious, and AI-driven home automation setup that enhances your lifestyle while ensuring safety. Check out today.

 

05. The Efforts of Contributor: XIAO ESP32C3 Wi-Fi Tracker using MicroPython

 

 

Thanks our contributor – Zachary for adding a wiki page about connecting XIAO ESP32C3 and Seeed Studio Expansion Board to build a Wi-Fi signal strength tracker, which proves invaluable when establishing a high-speed, high-quality family network, programming with MicroPython. Learn more.

 

06. The Efforts of Contributor: CircuitPython for ESP32S3

 

 

Thanks our contributor – Isaac for adding a wiki page about connecting XIAO ESP32S3 and Grove – OLED screen and displaying text on the screen, programming with CircuitPython. Find out more.

07. Frigate intergrating with reTerminal

In this article, we’ll explore the synergy between Seeed Studio reTerminal, Home Assistant OS, and the Frigate add-on with Coral AI USB TPU. This trio offers a unique opportunity for a centralized, privacy-conscious, and AI-driven home automation setup that enhances your lifestyle while ensuring safety. Check out today.

🌈 V. Community Project Spotlight

01. Key Finder with the Xiao NRF52840 Module

 

 

Say goodbye to the eternal struggle of lost keys with the Seeed Studio XIAO key finder, powered by the advanced nRF52840 chipset from Nordic Semiconductor. This ingenious device utilizes the efficiency of Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) and seamlessly pairs with smartphones. It boasts an integrated buzzer and LED that elegantly direct users towards their lost keys. Explore the full project by Hamid Sheibani here.

 

02. Machine Learning doorbell with Xiao ESP32S3 Sense

 

 

In this project, Roni Bandini decided to upgrade his broken doorbell with a custom doorbell made with ESP32, a push button, WiFi notifications and two or three buzzers or speakers. Learn about Roni’s project here.

03. Explore with XIAO ESP32S3 SENSE

Welcome to the exciting world of the “Xiao ESP32-S3 Sense” IoT Development Board, crafted by SeeedStudio. Whether you’re a hobbyist, tinkerer, or professional developer, this microcontroller module holds the key to building connected devices, collecting sensor data, and creating innovative IoT solutions. Throughout this guide, we’ll walk you through setting up, exploring, and experimenting with this versatile board. From its remarkable features to step-by-step guides for your first IoT project, we’re here to help you uncover the full potential of the “Xiao ESP32-S3 Sense.” Explore more.

 

That’s all for today, thank you all for reading through this August Monthly Wrap-up in your spare time. (It is indeed a fruitful month!) If you wanna share what projects you’re working on, shoot us a tweet @seeedstudio, let us know on LinkedIn and Discord, or publish your project on our Project Hub on Hackster.

 

 

#Notes

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 format, we’re publishing them on our blog, so as to keep 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.

 

Previous Monthly Wrap-ups:

Recap for July 2023

Recap for June 2023

Recap for May 2023

Recap for April 2023

Recap for March 2023

Recap for January & February 2023

Year in Review: Seeed in 2022

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