Canary Connect Use Case: Using the Aardvark I2C/SPI Host Adapter to Make Homes Safer with Embedded Technology

key-2114046_1280Embedded technology is everywhere – hidden behind the scenes of the different electronics we use every day. One of the most interesting things I find working in the embedded industry is learning about how people in various trades use technology, and how our tools help them develop the products we use every day — from wearables and consumer electronics to the cars we drive and planes we fly.

Canary Connect Uses Aardvark Adapters with Time-Saving Results

I recently visited Canary Connect, an all-in-one security system startup that provides an innovative solution for home safety. They are known for their intelligent security system and easy-to-use camera devices that protect and notify homeowners about changes in their home environment, anywhere and anytime. Canary is a heavy user of our Aardvark I2C/SPI Host Adapter; they use the Aardvark for testing all the sensory components that communicate over I2C in their security device.

Canary has released a one-of-a-kind product with the help of the Aardvark I2C/SPI Host Adapter – the Canary Flex, the first weatherproof and Wi-Fi-enabled security camera with a sleek and compact design. The Aardvark adapter was used extensively in the development of the new product, including testing and qualifying vendor sensors for ambient lighting, air quality, and battery life – all of which are imperative elements of an effective and high-quality security camera.

Outdoor security cameraI spoke with Canary’s Electrical Engineer, David Ye, about his experience using the Aardvark adapter for prototyping the Canary Flex. He described the Aardvark adapter as an “embedded screw driver,” an essential and reliable tool for I2C that saves time and makes his job easier.

It’s Not Just the Aardvark Adapter – It’s all the Software that Comes with It Too.

One of the main advantages of using the Aardvark adapter, David mentioned, is the software package that comes with it. He uses the Control Center Serial Software’s batch mode to test the sensor components all in one go, as well as in conjunction with a scope to replay and debug troublesome signals. The ease of use of the software interface makes the Aardvark adapter a convenient tool that significantly reduces an engineer’s development time.

In addition to the Aardvark adapter, David also uses the Beagle I2C/SPI Protocol Analyzer for analyzing and monitoring I2C data. He added that another reason that he likes using Total Phase tools is the cross-platform capability, as he mainly works in a Linux environment.

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Canary’s use of the Aardvark adapter is a prime example of how the versatility and convenience of Total Phase tools help embedded engineers with their projects. It’s always rewarding to learn that our tools are contributing to the development of innovative products, and in this case, helping to protect home safety.

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By Annie Lu, International Sales Manager