Inventing the future in Brazil – 6 new DragonBoard 410c projects


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Inventing the future isn’t as difficult as it sounds, especially when you give a group of students, entrepreneurs, industry professionals and startups the right resources and a few months to rock the Internet of Things (IoT).

Qualcomm Brazil along with Arrow Electronics sponsored an Embarcados contest for IoT developers called Inventando o Futuro com DragonBoard 410c. The contest was implemented to establish a closer relationship between those in the developer ecosystem working on the journey to IoT. Embarcados is a large web community for embedded systems in Brazil; they always challenge the ecosystem to do things differently and better. For this program, they were looking for IoT projects that combine hardware and software with innovation and high technology. The contest emphasizes entrepreneurship in IoT, and motivates developers to prototype products in computer vision, artificial intelligence, edge computing and machine learning.

Pictured from left to right: Cezar Menezes (DragonWally), Thiago Lima (Embarcados), Bianca Souza (BeeInformed), Felipe Neves (BeeInformed), Rafael Christ (oneRF/RESENI), Tiago Serra (Safe2med), Bruno Evangelista (Qualcomm Technologies), Jose Macedo Neto (Bengala IoT), Ilo Rivero (Safe2med), Frederico Pedroso (Inatel), Rodrigo Azevedo (Bengala IoT).

Top 6 DragonBoard 410c Projects

Here, for your continued inspiration, are the six DragonBoard 410c projects that made the final cut, with detailed descriptions, timelines and video. (Most of the text is in Portuguese, but the images, code snippets and demo videos are pretty universal.)

BeeInformed: Beekeeping environmental sensor

Team BeeInformed envisioned a multifunctional tool that a beekeeper could use to monitor environmental factors around beehives. BeeInformed monitors temperature, humidity, atmospheric pressure, ambient light and even the noise generated by bees, giving beekeepers the information they need for higher, better-quality production of bee products like honey, bee pollen and beeswax.

Bengala IoT: IoT aid for visually impaired

Bengala (Port.: “walking stick”) uses embedded technology as an adjunct eye for people with impaired vision. The device uses GPS, a microphone for voice commands, ultrasonic obstacle sensors, a magnetic charger, a vibrating warning motor and Open API integration to mapping services. It also lets the user make and receive phone calls through a Bluetooth headset connected to Bengala.

Itamambuca: Surfboard data collector

Named for a surfing beach in Brazil, Itamambuca is an embedded project that collects real-time metrics about a surfboard: its path in the water, fluctuations, position of the surfer, pressure exerted by waves against the board and characteristics of the surrounding water. It uses GPS and sensors (accelerometer, gyroscope, magnetometer, atmospheric pressure) to measure the effects of surfing on the board and environmental factors like temperature, oxygen, salinity and ultraviolet light.

Safe2Med: Home health care

Startup Safe2Med has identified an opportunity in home health care. The product captures and forwards real-time data on homebound patients so that medical teams can make better decisions. Safe2Med also tracks medications and other inputs for better inventory control. It uses the DragonBoard 410c with Windows 10 IoT Core to receive voice commands from the patient, an RFID module to identify medications, and sensors to monitor heartbeat, temperature and humidity.

DragonWally: Stereoscopic facial recognition

DragonWally uses a pair of 5-megapixel camera modules connected to a DragonBoard 410c via MIPI-CSI to implement stereoscopic computer vision. It adds the depth (Z) vector to the X- and Y-vectors of normal camera images to trigger the image capture automatically, then uses the AWS Rekognition machine learning API to perform facial recognition.

oneRF: Wireless communication for smart meters

oneRF developed a board to enable cost-effective, intelligent and reliable wireless network for smart meters; their solution is based on open standards. They designed their hardware and got tested by customers using DragonBoard 410c as a gateway. The product has two years of development, and they are ready to go to market.

Next steps

Most of the developers who participated in this contest have 2-5 years of experience in embedded development and work with Linux, Android, Windows 10 IoT Core, Python and C. They had the help and guidance of solution partners at Baita, Inatel, and Linaro/96Boards.

If you’re working on DragonBoard 410c projects in similar areas, you can get in touch with those six teams by leaving a comment for them. Click the “VER COMENTARIOS” button at the bottom of each project. The DragonBoard 410c from Arrow is just waiting for the next big idea, so get started Inventando o Futuro for yourself.