Hardware grant supports the next generation of voice and IoT devices. 

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Hardware grant supports the next generation of voice and IoT devices. 
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13/04/2021 – 14:02

We are awarding twenty IoT and Home Automation Development Kits from Knowles to support the next generation of audio and IoT products. Simply tell us what you will do with the board. Most innovative answers receive a board. 
The kit allows voice activation to be added to almost any device. 
In addition to the development kit, the top 5 submissions will be invited to participate in a private group innovation webinar with key Knowles engineers who will share their vision for voice at the edge.

 

Hardware grant supports the next generation of voice and IoT devices. 
Amsterdam, (Netherlands), 13 April 2021

Wevolver, in partnership with audio solutions company Knowles, is excited to announce the launch of the Knowles Hardware Grant. 

The hardware grant will award twenty IoT and Home Automation Pro Development Kits to help algorithm developers, system designers, audio engineers, and others create voice-activated systems for various applications such as IoT, mobile, and ear-worn devices. The development kits will be a valuable resource to emerging designers to test and experiment with the creation of audio and IoT applications. The kit allows voice to be added to any device. 

The hardware grant:

To apply for the grant, engineers need to describe their plans for the development kit in less than 500 words. The top twenty innovative responses will receive an IoT and Home Automation Pro Development Kit. 

In addition to the development kit, the top 5 submissions will be invited to participate in a private group innovation webinar with key Knowles engineers who will share their vision for voice at the edge. 

Interested parties can submit for the grant here. 

The review panel:

All submissions will be reviewed by a panel of senior Knowles engineers, including Vikram Shrivastava, Senior director PLM, Scott Choi, Senior director of engineering,  and Raj Senguttuvan, Strategic Marketing Director, along with CEO and cofounder of Wevolver, Bram Geenan. The review panel will select entries based on innovation, product fit, and scalability. 

About the IA611 Smart Mic Development Kit. 

The IA611-RDI-01 is a reference design based on IA611 SmartMic for IoT applications. It enables ultra-low power acoustic event detection, voice keyword detection, and voice commands to develop a voice UI. To accelerate prototyping the SmartMic into an IoT application, the IA611 has been integrated with the Microchip SAM D21 Xplained Pro MCU board.

Ultra-Low Power Voice Wake and Event Detection

The core of the reference design is the IA611 SmartMic designed for ultra-low power in a digital mic package. IA611 supports Knowles VoiceQ, the world’s first “always listening” voice detector capable to automatically adapt its performance to the acoustic environment and enable voice wake keyword/ command. The reference design also includes a second digital mic for beamforming to improve performance if required by the IoT application.

Highly Integrated, All-in-One Kit

Knowles intelligent mic solutions are integrated with several leading MCU and AP suppliers. The kit supports a Microchip SAM D21 Xplained PRO with full support via Atmel Studio 7. It allows for rapid prototyping of IoT designs that use an MCU processor that is already tested, optimized for BOM, and performance. A downloadable extension provides sample code for a simple application and required libraries to develop a VUI pre-integrated with the SmartMic as a peripheral.

Key dates:

Grant Opens: April 5

Grant Closes: April 26

Grant recipients announced: April 30

 

Knowles Portal: https://solutions.knowles.com/ (requires sign in)

 

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