Exciting News: Seeed Studio’s mmWave Sensors and SenseCAP IndicatorSupport ESPHome!

Explore the latest advancements from Seeed Studio, featuring the integration of mmWave sensors and the SenseCAP Indicator with ESPHome. Learn about the enhanced ease of use and flexibility offered by this integration, which significantly reduces development time for IoT devices. Discover the capabilities of the 24GHz mmWave Human Static Presence Sensor, mmWave Human Detection Sensor Kit, and SenseCAP Indicator, and their seamless compatibility with ESPHome’s open-source firmware for smart home applications.

Hello community!

We have some exciting news to share with you today. Three of Seeed Studio’s products now work natively with ESPHome (with products officially listed on ESPHome website as Sensor Components and Display Component)! These products are the 24GHz mmWave Human Static Presence Sensor, the mmWave Human Detection Sensor Kit, and the SenseCAP Indicator. It means ESPHome provides out-of-the-box integration and support for using these 2 mmWave sensors, and the display. This integration means enhanced ease of use and flexibility, shorter development time for all users, as ESPHome’s open-source firmware allows for seamless customization and automation of your IoT devices. For those who own these products, it opens up a world of possibilities for creating personalized smart home solutions through YAML configuration, rather than writing custom code for each components.

What is ESPHome?

ESPHome is an open-source framework that allows you to create custom firmware for ESP8266 and ESP32-based devices, such as Wi-Fi-enabled microcontrollers and development boards. It provides a user-friendly way to configure and control these devices through a simple YAML-based configuration language.

With ESPHome, you can define various components, such as sensors, actuators, and integrations, and easily manage their behavior and interactions. It abstracts away the complexities of low-level programming, making it accessible for users with little to no coding experience.

The framework integrates with popular home automation platforms like Home Assistant, enabling seamless integration of natively-supported devices into your smart home ecosystem. ESPHome offers a convenient and flexible solution for DIY projects and home automation enthusiasts to create and manage their own smart devices.

Meet The New ESPHome Sensor and Display Components

mmWave Human Detection Sensor Kit

The mmWave Human Detection Sensor Kit is a ready-to-use, open-source kit that can detect human presence and it is powered by Seeed Studio’s XIAO ESP32C3. It supports WiFi/BLE connectivity and the onboard mmWave sensor, based on the FMCW technology, offers accurate privacy-focused human detection. The onboard Human Presence sensor is replaceable with other Seeed’s mmWave series for heartbeat detection, fall detection, etc which makes this kit very flexible. It seamlessly connects grove modules for added features. With native ESPHome support, users can easily set up the device for Home Assistant within 1-2 minutes. The native ESPHome support also means that users can take advantage of ESPHome’s powerful features, such as its easy-to-use dashboard and extensive customization options, to tailor the mmWave sensor kit to their specific needs. It also supports wireless Over-The-Air (OTA) updates, making it easy to keep the kit up-to-date with the latest features and improvements. The mmWave Human Detection Sensor Kit can be used in a variety of applications. These include smart home automation, building security, healthcare monitoring, automatic doors, and elderly care.

If you need help using our kit, you can check out our wiki for step-by-step tutorial.

24GHz mmWave Human Static Presence Sensor (MR24HPC1)

The 24GHz mmWave Human Static Presence Sensor is a member of the mmWave sensor series that joined the series a year ago. It is antenna-integrated, health-friendly mmWave radar sensor that applies Frequency-Modulated Continuous Wave (FMCW) ranging technology. It can detect human presence, stationary, speed, distance, and also proximity, meeting various needs for different scenarios. It has configurable parameters, a visualization tool, a 5m detection range, and a 90° horizontal detection beam. Now it supports ESPHome, this allows you to use the sensor as part of your home automation system, providing a smooth way to connect your devices to the Home Assistant. It can be used in variety of applications such as automated outdoor lighting, automated door opening, office energy management and many more.

For detailed info and guideline check out our wiki.

SenseCAP Indicator

The SenseCAP Indicator is an innovative IoT development platform that features a 4-inch touch screen and is powered by dual MCUs, ESP32S3 and RP2040, offering a rich set of over 400 Grove-compatible GPIOs for extensive expansion capabilities. It supports Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and optional LoRa communication, making it a versatile choice for developers looking to build IoT applications. The platform is equipped with real-time air quality monitoring sensors, including built-in tVOC and CO2 sensors, and an external Grove AHT20 temperature and humidity sensor for precise environmental data. Additionally, the SenseCAP Indicator can serve as a local LoRa hub, connecting LoRa devices to popular IoT platforms such as Matter via Wi-Fi. This fully open-source platform benefits from the extensive ESP32 and Raspberry Pi ecosystems and is backed by Seeed Studio’s one-stop ODM Fusion service for customization and scalability. When integrated with ESPHome, the SenseCAP Indicator can be used for various applications such as Smart Agriculture, Home Automation, Industrial Monitoring and many more.

If you are facing trouble using our SenseCAP indicator, check out our wiki for help.

Get Started with ESPHome

We encourage everyone interested in these products to check out the official ESPHome tutorials to learn more about how to use them with ESPHome.

Click the button below for 24GHz mmWave Human Static Presence Sensor (MR24HPC1) Kit tutorial:

Click the button below for SenseCAP Indicator tutorial:

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March 2024