MATRIX Labs have now released a new Raspberry Pi accessory that combines a whole new level of sensors built into miniature computer. The MATRIX Creator – was built with an aim of giving every hobbyist, tinkerer, and hackers around the world a complete, affordable, and user friendly device for simple as well as complex Internet of Things creation.
The MATRIX Creator is an all-inclusive hardware device that connects to the GPIO pins on the Raspberry Pi and provides a means for any developer around the world to start making machine learning, computer vision, and Internet of Things applications within minutes,
MATRIX Creator is powered by a Xilinx Spartan 6 FPGA, a super powered miniature ARM Cortex M3 microcontroller, a collection of precise sensors for motion sensing, temperature, humidity, light, ultraviolet and infrared measurement, an 8-microphone array and a 35-LED array.
This board can be programmed in multiple languages in various levels. It employs Z-Wave and Zigbee protocols for wireless connectivity and a wide range of analogue and digital input/output interfaces.
MATRIX Creator Components
|Microcontroller||Amtel Cortex-M3 ATSAM3S2|
|FPGA||Xilinx Spartan 6 XC6SLX4|
|Microphone Array||8 MEMS MP34DB02 audio sensor digital microphones|
|IMU||ST LSM9DS1 3D accelerometer, 3D gyroscope, 3d magnetometer|
|Temperature / Humidity||ST HTS221 capacitive digital sensor for relative humidity and temperature|
|Altitude Sensor||NXP MPL3115A2 precision pressure sensor with altimetry|
|zigbee||Silicon Labs EM358X – 2.4 GHz IEEE 802.15.4|
|Z-Wave||Sigma Designs ZM5202 – 868/908/921 MHz|
|IR Reciever||Vishay TSOP573 – carrier 38.0 kHz|
|IR Blaster||2 Vishay LEDs (front and bottom), 930nm, 100mA, 120° viewing angle|
|Ultraviolet Sensor||Vishay VEML6070 UV light sensor|
|NFC||NXP PN512 NFC reader|
|Everloop||35 RGBW LEDS|
MATRIX Voice, on the other hand is a smaller board that mainly focuses on voice detection and recognition projects. In addition to its ability to connect with Raspberry Pi, it can also be used as a standalone module by taking advantage of its FPGA capabilities.
This little development board consist of a radial array of 8 MEMS microphones, 18 RGBW LED’s and 64 GPIO pins, which is linked to a Xilinx Spartan6 FPGA and 64 Mbit SDRAM. This provides the hobbyists and developers a wonderful opportunity to add custom voice and hardware-accelerated machine learning technology In no time.
An advanced version of this MATRIX Voice is also available employing a ESP32 Wi-Fi / BT chipset which will enable users to easily connect to the network or other devices via WiFi and Bluetooth in no time.
MATRIX VOICE consist of a 3.14-inches in diameter development board with radial array of 8 MEMS microphones, with 18 RGBW LED’s connected to it. MATRIX Voice weighs 2 oz.
Matrix Voice Components
|FPGA||Xilinx Spartan 6 XC6SLX9|
|Microphone Array||8MEMSMP34DB02 audio sensor
|Everloop||18 RGBW LEDS|
|RAM||64 MByte 132MHz SDRAM|
|FLASH||64Mbit Flash Memory|
|ESP32 (MCU w/WiFi/BT)
|Wifi 2.4Ghz 802.11bgn – BT 4.0 LE –
Microcontroller Tensilica Xtensa dual-core
|Raspberry Pi B+ or newer|
|Raspberry Pi Zero|