AI Workshop: What's That Smell?

Get hands-on with embedded machine learning in this virtual workshop - collect data, build your first models, test and deploy them using Edge Impulse and Himax.

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A few months ago, our partners at Edge Impulse brought up the idea of hosting AI workshops and asked if SparkFun wanted to be involved - of course, we said yes. Not only are we fans of Edge Impulse, but our ML community continues to grow and we have some awesome partners in common with Edge Impulse. The first of these workshops is jointly hosted by Edge Impulse, Himax and SparkFun:

What's That Smell?

Get hands-on with embedded machine learning - collect data, build your first models, test and deploy them using Edge Impulse and Himax in a virtual workshop.

April 1, 2021 - 8:00 a.m. PT

Register by March 18th - space is limited!

Registration Fee (includes hardware package): $99.95


About the workshop:

You'll learn how to classify different smells/fragrance with the Himax WE-I Plus board and the TVOC sensor from the SparkFun Qwiic Environmental Combination breakout. You will collect and train your machine learning model using Edge Impulse. Finally, you will deploy your own custom model back to the board and classify your samples in real time. Be sure to bring your collection of perfume, fragrant food, drinks, etc. and let's hack things together!


  • One 90-minute virtual workshop
  • Beginner/intermediate skill level
  • Hands-on, instructor-led and live
  • Certificate of accomplishment from Edge Impulse
  • Hardware package (see below)
  • Hardware package (included with registration fee):

    To ensure you have everything you need for the workshop, we have put together an all-you-need hardware package that will be sent to you once your register. It includes the Himax WE-I Plus (with soldered headers), a USB microB cable, a Qwiic-to-female header cable and a Qwiic Environmental Combo board.

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    About the Sponsors

    About Edge Impulse:

    Edge Impulse is the leading development platform for embedded machine learning, used by over 1,000 enterprises across 10,000 ML projects worldwide. We are on a mission to enable the ultimate development experience for machine learning on embedded devices for sensors, audio, and computer vision, at scale. From getting started in under five minutes to MLOps in production, we enable highly optimized ML deployable to a wide range of hardware from MCUs to CPUs.

    About Himax:

    Founded in 2001, Himax Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: HIMX) is a fabless semiconductor solution provider dedicated to display imaging processing technologies. Himax is a worldwide market leader in display driver ICs and timing controllers used in TVs, laptops, monitors, mobile phones, tablets, digital cameras, car navigation, virtual reality (VR) devices and many other consumer electronics devices. Headquartered in Tainan, Taiwan, Himax currently employs around 2,000 people, and has 2,915 patents granted and 551 patents pending approval worldwide as of September 30th, 2020.

    About SparkFun:

    Since 2003, SparkFun has been helping turn ideas into reality – whether you're creating a smart weather station, exploring the frontier of machine learning, or prototyping your first (or tenth) product. No matter your vision, our open source tools, documentation, and online tutorials make emerging technology easy to use, and the road to a finished project shorter.

    Comments 9 comments

    • Member #702338 / about 3 years ago / 2

      I really hope this is not an elaborate April Fools joke because I'm going to feel really stupid for signing up.

    • Member #134773 / about 3 years ago / 1

      I started to register for this, BUT I HAD A PROBLEM. There was nowhere to put "shipping address" for the hardware package. It is DIFFERENT from my BILLING ADDRESS, which MUST be used for the credit card. (I had to dump out of the registration process without pressing the "confirm" button.)

      • jahnell / about 3 years ago / 1

        Hello! So sorry about that! We will reach out to you offline. Thanks!

        • Member #134773 / about 3 years ago / 1

          OK, we got it all straightened out. Thanks!

          I just hope Mother Nature cooperates and doesn't dump a bunch of snow on Colorado -- according to the FedEx tracking my last package (last shipped last Friday) sat for 3 days in the FedEx facility in Henderson, CO, before moving on!

    • Member #134773 / about 3 years ago / 1

      A quick question before I sign up: Will the workshop be recorded? I have a conflict, and won't be able to watch a 90 minute workshop at 8:00 AM on April 1, but can probably watch it later in the day. (I generally don't need a lot of "hand holding" on things like this, so won't suffer greatly from not watching it "live".)

      • jahnell / about 3 years ago / 1

        Hello! Yes - we will record and send it out to those who have registered. Thanks for the question!

    • Member #134773 / about 3 years ago / 1

      Problem with the post: The first link to the "Himax WE-I Plus" actually points to the "SparkFun Qwiic Environmental Combination breakout".

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