Build Your Own Smart Sensor with Free XIAO Module, Grove Sensor and PCBA Support

Revolutionize your smart sensor with Seeed Studio Fusion. Get up to $300 PCBA support for your design!

Throughout 2023, we have witnessed a variety of outstanding XIAO-based designs emerging from our community, ranging from tools and accessories to wearables, smart home devices, and musical instruments among others🔆.
To further accelerate the implementation of IoT projects and contribute to the maker community⛽, Seeed Studio Fusion is launching a new sponsorship event focused on XIAO-based design in the fileds of wearables, energy saving, tinyML and home automation (preferably).
✨Each design is eligible to receive up to $300 PCBA support from Seeed Studio Fusion. Keep scrolling to learn more details about this event!

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☺️Why You Should Get On Board?

➡️Seeed Studio Fusion serves as the comprehensive service platform for Seeed Studio, a global one-stop platform offering PCB manufacturing, PCB assembly and hardware customization with global sourcing capability.
For years, we have proudly supported makers, engineers, software developers, and startups by sponsoring modules, devices, PCBs, and more, helping them bring their innovative ideas to life💡.

💁‍♀️Seeed Studio Fusion stands out with a host of advantages, including rapid prototyping, instant quoting, and competitive pricing. Our commitment to excellence has earned us glowing reviews within our community. Join us on this journey, where your projects are met with speed, precision, and affordability.

So... How to Participate?🤔

📣Follow these steps to get your XIAO-based prototype while receiving free PCBA support and cash reward!

📌Step 1: Develop your project idea and create your XIAO design proposal.
*In your proposal, please specify the following details: which XIAO module and Grove sensor you would like to incorporate, the purpose of this project, estimated project completion time, etc.

📌Step 2: Submit your proposal and your previous projects (if available) to our marketing manager, Estella, at [email protected].
*Estella, our marketing manager, will promptly contact you via email!

📌Step 3: Once your proposal is approved, please prepare your Gerber & BOM files. And contact our marketing manager to redeem your coupon.
*You can leverage Seeed Fusion OPL (open part library) when preparing your BOM file to expedite the production of your order.

📌Step 4: Wait for your order to arrive!

📌Step 5: Work on the project.

📌Step 6: Publish your XIAO project on at least 2 platforms (e.g., Hackster, Instructables, Hackaday, YouTube, LinkedIn, etc.)

📌Step 7: Contact our marketing manager to unlock a cash reward of 50 USD or more!
*We’ll reward you with 100 USD if your project is centered around wearables, energy saving, tinyML and home automation.

Smart Sensor Build Guide⚙️

In order to scale up your design, we recommend you follow the below diagram to build your own smart sensor: Select Grove Sensor➡️Determine Connectivity➡️Choose Module➡️Fast Hardware Configuration➡️Develop Model➡️Connect to Cloud➡️Design Case➡️Get First Prototype➡️Scale Up Your Designs

Smart Sensor Build Guide​

Select Suitable Grove Sensors and XIAO Modules

Grove Sensors:
At Seeed Studio, we are dedicated to developing sensors and enriching sensor ecosystems. Our team has successfully produced over 300 different types of sensors in various form factors, from small modules for developer proof-of-concept testing to larger devices for system integrators. Our sensors are designed to cover a wide range of scenarios, including environmental and weather sensing🌥️, motion and sound detection🕹️, location tracking📍, and more.

Grove Kit

The Grove system is a user-friendly and convenient approach to developing electronic systems with modular components and standardized connectors. It enables both novices and experienced makers to quickly assemble and experiment with real electronics using a broad range of modules. Incorporating Grove sensors into your electronics projects is effortless, thanks to the Grove ecosystem. These sensors are designed for specific functions and can provide different types of input data.
ℹ️Learn more about Grove ecosystem by visiting our wiki.

XIAO Modules:
Seeed Studio XIAO Series are diminutive development boards, sharing a similar hardware structure, where the size is literally thumb-sized👍. The code name “XIAO” here represents its half feature “Tiny”, and the other half will be “Puissant”.

Seeed Studio XIAO Series

The main advantages of the XIAO Series as dev boards include the following:
✅Powerful and Widely-used Chips: XIAO series is equipped with SAMD21, nRF52840, and ESP32C3/ESP32S3, making it suitable for a wide range of applications.
✅Module and Development Board Hybrid: This allows for rapid prototyping while providing easy integration, significantly streamlining the product development process.
✅All SMD components on one side: This allows for efficient and rapid mass production.
✅Invest for your future: The unified form factor enables you to seamlessly upgrade or downgrade your product at the lowest cost.
✅Skip complex peripheral circuit designing: You can start with development board-level prototyping thanks to built-in functional components.
✅Thriving ecosystem support: The XIAO Series benefits from powerful software compatibility, rich community resources, and dedicated technical assistance.

We have developed 7 distinct versions of XIAO. If you are curious about each version’s specifications and want to select the ideal module for your designs, check this table📄 to learn more.

Comparison Table of XIAO Series

Open Source Files that Speed Up Your Design Process

When designing a product, various resources are needed, including Chip Datasheet, Symbol and Footprint Eagle, Schematic, Kicad Libraries, Eagle Libraries, Dimension in Dxf, Factory Firmware, Pinout Sheet, Stl File, Certification Files. These files are open-source and can be downloaded here👇:
XIAO SAMD21 Open Source Files
XIAO RP2040 Open Source Files
XIAO nRF52840 Open Source Files
XIAO nRF52840 Sense Open Source Files
XIAO ESP32C3 Open Source Files
XIAO ESP32S3 Open Source Files
XIAO ESP32S3 Sense Open Source Files

Stuck on Ideas? Get Inspired!

✴️Grab some excellent ideas about XIAO-based designs from our community: XIAO Series Reference Design.
🆕We have launched the Grove Vision AI Module V2, a cost-effective MCU-based vision AI module powered by Himax WiseEye2, featuring Arm Cortex-M55 & Ethos-U55. Its 30+ FPS frame rate makes it suitable for capturing subtle movements in human motion, and it is an ideal option for battery-powered endpoint AI applications. It integrates easily with XIAO and can be used with various programming languages to connect to the cloud or dedicated servers like Home Assistant. In addition, with SenseCraft AI, a platform that enables easy AI model training and deployment with no-code/low-code, you can effortlessly deploy off-the-shelf or custom AI models by connecting the device, selecting a model, and viewing identification results.

grove vision ai module v2 features

Seeed Studio’s Co-Create Program is tailored to elevate your well-established prototype into profitable product. By streamlining marketing, packaging, and shipping processes, this program grants you more time to focus on the core of your work—product development. Once your prototype is approved by Seeed, it will be featured on Seeed Studio’s marketplace. For every product sold, you earn a share of the revenue💰.

After refining your design and developing a smart sensor prototype with XIAO, if you aspire to elevate your prototype to the next level, consider joining Seeed Studio’s Co-Create Program! 🏃‍♂️Join Co-Create by filling in this form:

🙋‍♂️Questions? We've Got You Covered!

If you have any questions regarding this sponsorship event or Co-Create program, 👩‍💼feel free to seek assistance with our marketing manager via email: [email protected]

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