Seeed Monthly Wrap-Up for March: Empowering Innovation with Open Source Hardware

Boost your knowledge with 10 in-depth tech exploration, 4 product and service showcases that will leave you in awe. Plus, prepare for 10 latest Seeed news and event highlights. Dive into the vibrant open-source community with 9 inspiring projects. Let’s jump right in!

Hey community,

Welcome to the March edition of our newsletter! This month, we delve into the fascinating world of Open Source Hardware – a cornerstone of innovation and collaboration in the tech industry. From exploring the latest trends and advancements to showcasing inspiring projects and case studies, we’re excited to take you on a journey.

Boost your knowledge with 10 in-depth tech exploration, 4 product and service showcases that will leave you in awe. Plus, prepare for 10 latest Seeed news and event highlights. Dive into the vibrant open-source community with 9 inspiring projects. Let’s jump right in!

📚 I. In-depth Feature & Tech Exploration

Discover the inner workings of Open Source Hardware and learn about its growth and adoption. We’ll explore key  trends and technologies, providing insights into how it’s revolutionizing the way we innovate and create.

01. Control Home Assistant with Your Voice: Integrate RIVA, Llama2 to a Smart Home Hub Powered by NVIDIA Jetson

Following the vision of “controlling smart home using our own language”, we would like to introduce this system, regarded as Local Jarvis, integrating tinyML and LLM (large language model) into Home Assistant as a voice control option. Read more.

02. Getting Started with N3uron

In this blog, we provide a detailed tutorial on seamlessly integrating N3uron into our opensource HMI, reTerminal DM, powered by Raspberry Pi. It offers an affordable and integrated IoT solution that ensures smooth connectivity and advanced data visualization. Check Out today.

03. Pytorch Driving Guardian


Pytorch Driving Guardians is utilizing the power of NVIDIA Jetson Nano, this project is a testament to the seamless integration of AI and hardware, pushing the boundaries of what’s possible in vehicle safety.
Engage with the full project details.
Discover more possibilities with Jetson Nano edge device.

04. Closing the Tech Gap in Traditional Agriculture with ‘Green Dot Board’

Design Page for Green Dot Board​

How to Build an IoT Sensor Node with Flux, Wio-E5 LoRa Module and XIAO RP2040 MCU? Introducing the “Green Dot Board”, an open source project aimed at boosting crop yields and simplifying farming tasks. This board is designed by Collins Emasi, hardware engineer from Flux.ai, powered by Wio-E5 LoRa Module and XIAO RP2040 MCU. Check Out today.

05. Speech Subtitle Generation on Nvidia Jetson

The Speech Subtitle Generation on NVIDIA Robotics Jetson Orin, which can offer real-time speech-to-subtitle services while avoiding information leakage on the internet. Dive into the details here.

06. Getting start with reTerminal and Pi camera with OpenCV

Discover the process of setting up the reTerminal with a freshly installed Raspberry Pi OS Bullseye or BookWorm OS. Our goal is to interact with the PiCam and perform image processing and deep learning activities using the OpenCV library. Learn more.

07. Getting Start with FUXA – Web Based SCADA Tool

FUXA, an open-source HMI-SCADA-Dashboard full web-based platform will impress you with the effortless creation of industrial web HMIs, SCADA, web apps, and dashboard apps without web programming knowledge. 

  • Connect your process via OPC UA, Modbus, BACnet, Ethernet/IP (Allen Bradley) SiemensS7, WebAPI, or MQTT
  • Create your solution visually with pre-defined widgets by using drag and drop.
  • Configure access rights, alarms, and historical data
  • Run your HMI in any web browser on a PC, touch panel, or smart device, such as a tablet or a smartphone.

Check out today.

08. PCB DFM vs PCBA DFA: What’s the difference?

The terms DFM (Design for manufacture), DFA (Design for assembly) and, more widely, DFX (Design for Excellence) have appeared in many an electronics hobbyists and novice’s vocabulary. Here we highlight the differences between the typical PCB DFM and PCBA DFA, and give reasons why you should be investing in good DFA practices and checks. Check out now.

09. BeagleY®-AI: Making Computers Open Again

BeagleY®-AI: Making Computers Open Again

BeagleBoard.org® Foundation announces the new BeagleY®- AI, making learning, building, and deploying open-source AI hardware fun and accessible. Find out more.

10. Deploy AudioCraft on NVIDIA Jetson: Generate High-Quality Audio and Music

Welcome to the exciting world of music generation, where artificial intelligence meets creativity to craft sounds like never before. Whether you’re a beginner dabbling in music production, an intermediate looking to spice up your compositions, or an expert in search of the latest in AI-generated music, MusicGen offers something for everyone and to those who are looking forward to the newest technology. We can use reComputer to generate music anytime we use musicGen. Let’s embark on a journey through its capabilities and how you can harness its power. Check out today.

📰 II. Product & Service Showcases

Stay up-to-date with the latest product & services from Seeed. Discover new tools, platforms, and services designed to streamline your workflow and accelerate innovation in your projects.

01. Introducing the XIAO ESP32C6 – Tiny Powerhouse for Your Matter-Compliant Smart Home Applications

XIAO ESP32C6 is a cost-effective MCU based on Espressif Systems’s ESP32-C6. This compact board excels in Matter-compliant smart home applications with its support for wireless connectivity. Designed with the thumb-size footprint and a single-sided mount of the XIAO Series, it’s perfect for space-limited projects. Encrypted on the chip, the XIAO ESP32C6 ensures a desired level of security, streamlined development experience, and swift market entry by integrating easily with major IoT Cloud platforms. Find out more here.

02. mmWave Human Detection Sensor Kit

Introducing the XIAO ESP32C3 powered, ready-to-use and open-source mmWave Human Detection Sensor Kit! This kit is equipped with an onboard 24GHz mmWave Human Static Presence Module Lite, offering the flexibility to interchange it with any mmWave series sensor from Seeed. Read more.

03. reTerminal DM and EdgeBox RPI 200 with Ignition Edge

reTerminal DM and EdgeBox RPI 200 are ideal for SCADA deployments that demand high reliability, and customization capabilities. Both of them are compatible with Ignition Edge by Inductive Automation which makes capturing, processing, and visualizing critical data at the remote edge of the network easier and affordable. Discover More.

04. Seeed Studio EdgeBox Series Comparision Table

If you’re interested in purchasing our EdgeBox Series but are unsure about which version would be the best fit for your needs. This comparison form will give you a comprehensive overview to help you make an informed decision! Read more.

👩‍💻 III. News & Event Highlights

Get the inside scoop on recent events and news. Gain valuable insights, key takeaways, and highlights from industry experts and thought leaders at the forefront of ML innovation.

01. Seeed Studio at GTC 2024, Pioneering the Future of AI at the Edge

Seeed Studio at GTC 2024, Pioneering the Future of AI at the Edge

As an Elite Partner in the NVIDIA Robotics Jetson Ecosystem, we’re thrilled to have showcased the synergy solution of TinyML and Local LLM on the NVIDIA Robotics Jetson Orin platform at GTC 2024! This fusion is not just innovative — it’s a leap towards unleashing the full potential of edge AI technologies. Check out the highlights now.

02. Seeed Studio’s mmWave Sensors and SenseCAP Indicator Support ESPHome!

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. More info.

03. April 26-30: Join Seeed Studio at the ICTP-UNU Workshop on TinyML for Sustainable Development

We’re excited to share the news of our participation in the upcoming ICTP-UNU Workshop on TinyML for Sustainable Development, set to take place in the dynamic city of Macao, China from April 26th to 29th, 2024. Find out more.

04. Exploring Smart Eyes on MCU -Join Seeed Vision Challenge Now!

Seeed recently developed a vision sensor module, the Grove Vision AI Module v2, which is based on the Himax WiseEye2 HX6538 that utilizes this ARM architecture. With such an exciting product, we invite you to join in the fun. Seeed, in collaboration with Arm and Himax, is launching a Vision Challenge, and we’re eager to witness your innovative use of this product! Join Now.

05. Introducing SenseCAP Mate App V2.9.0: Empowering IoT Projects with Event Alarm and Message Center

We are thrilled to announce the release of SenseCAP Mate App V2.9.0, the latest addition to our SenseCraft cloud services offering. Designed to support the most demanding IoT projects, this advanced version introduces two exciting features: Event Alarm and Message Center. More info.

06. POWER-UP PCBA #16 Invigorate your Inspiration for IoT with Wio-E5 and FREE Seeed Fusion PCBA Prototypes

To accelerate the development of IoT, Seeed is sponsoring Wio-E5 projects with the Seeed Fusion PCB Assembly Service for all hardware enthusiasts, designers, makers, and engineers around the world. Check out how to apply and a wide range of case studies made by various participants here

07. Seeed Studio to Unveil Open-Source AI Hardware at Embedded World 2024

Seeed Studio will be exhibiting at Embedded World 2024 from April 9th to 11th. Swing by Booth 4-551 to delve deeper into Seeed Studio’s Open Source AI Hardware solutions and experience live AI demos firsthand! Schedule a Meetup.

08. Pi Day Celebration: Raspberry Pi Projects Sharing

Join us for our Pi Day Celebration and dive into the vibrant Raspberry Pi community. On March 14th, speakers Gabriel Coello Falcones, Hendra Kusumah, Kerim Satirli, and Kasun Thushara unveiled their coolest creations at the Pi Day Celebration Live. Watch the video.

09. Wio-WM1100 LoRa Tracker Module and Wio Tracker 1110 Dev Board are Now Amazon Sidewalk Qualified

Wio-WM1100 LoRa Tracker Module and Wio Tracker 1110 Dev Board are now officially Amazon Sidewalk qualified, opening up possibilities for enhanced IoT connectivity and a wide range of tracking applications. Find out more.

10. Monthly chatCEO Live – Dive into Innovation at GTC 2024: rhapsody of TinyML and Local LLM

After extensively exploring numerous AI innovations showcased at GTC 2024, we’re excited to share our findings at the Monthly chatCEO Live S24E03. Focused on the problem of “how to keep the cost down of large language models“, we’ll specifically introduce our spotlighted demo presented at GTC, highlighting its technical excellence grounded in TinyML and local LLM. This innovative combination holds the potential to substantially reduce the operational costs of LLM. Watch the video.

🌈 IV. Community Project Spotlight

Celebrate the creativity and ingenuity of our community members with featured projects and ideas in machine learning. From open-source libraries to DIY solutions, there’s no shortage of inspiration to be found among our talented community.

01. Build Your Own LoRaWAN Gateway Using WM1302 Module

Check out this amazing project on by Ramin Sangesari to create your own affordable and efficient LoRaWAN Gateway using Seeed Studio WM1302 module. This tutorial guides you through the hardware and software setup, ensuring you’re ready to join the world of IoT. Learn more. 

02. Temperature Card

The Temperature Card by Arnov Sharma is a wearable ID card-like device with an OLED screen displaying live temperature readings taken from the SHT40 temperature sensor module. Learn more.

03. Self Driving Wheelchair for People with Mobility Impairment

The team has developed an autonomous wheelchair with self-driving capabilities, specifically designed to address the mobility challenges faced by individuals with upper body weakness and limited visibility. Find out more.

04. The Crochet Protocol Makes YOU the Machine

Check out this fascinating project on by Julia Vollmer where she intersects traditional craft and modern technology. Powered by our XIAO ESP32 C3, the setup vibrates to guide the crocheter through each stitch! Find out more. 

05. Over Engineered XBOX Controller Stand

Say Goodbye to Clutter, Immerse Yourself in Gaming! This project was developed by Aronov, who aims to elevate your XBOX gaming setup with a custom-designed controller stand. Learn more.

06. PORTABLE Space Trash Game Console

This is a handheld game console with a powerful chip, expansion board, and exquisite 3D printed housing that lets you play the classic space trash game by Arnov. Find out more.

07. Tiny Motion Detection Alarm

This project aims to create a motion detection alarm utilizing the IMU 6050, which is a module containing a 3-axis accelerometer and gyro sensor. When the IMU detects any slight movement, it will activate the buzzer to produce a sound, alerting you to any unexpected motion of stationary objects such as doors, home appliances, or drawers. Find out more.

08. NodeGuard: WioTerminal MQTT Air Quality Monitor

Abhinav Krishna and Sapnil M made an innovative solution designed to provide real-time air quality monitoring in high-risk areas, capable of adapting to various environmental challenges. Learn more.

09. Remote Control Smoke Grenade for a Movie

Check out this fascinating project where Davis DeWitt from Backhaul Studios crafts a remotely controlled smoke grenade prop using Seeed XIAO for an upcoming film. It not only rolls forward and backward but also blows out smoke! Find out more.

🎬 V. Industrial Case Studies

Explore real-world applications of Seeed products and solutions. From edge computing devices to sensor modules and development boards, Seeed’s innovative solutions are empowering developers to build smarter, more efficient systems. 

01. Seeed Studio Raspberry Pi® Success Stories

Our range of Raspberry Pi® powered edge devices, including HMI, edge controllers, and routers, has been successfully deployed in various industries such as energy management, automation, Industrial 4.0, smart buildings, and manufacturing. Discover More.

That’s all for today, thank you all for reading through this 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 Feb 2024

Recap for Jan 2024

Year in Review: Seeed in 2023

Recap for October & November

Recap for September 2023

Recap for August 2023

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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