Open labs tend to have a large amount of electronic parts for those learning to use and explore, but the newcomers often do not know where to find parts or how to use them. Thus the Sensors & Electronics Educational Database (SEED) was created. The purpose of SEED is to connect such users of our lab with both the parts and the information they need to begin building prototypes on their own.
The system accomplishes this through custom RFID enabled cards that provide specifications and location data on each type of part in the lab. The cards are mounted on the wall to allow easy access and browsing. When a student finds the card corresponding to the part they are looking for, they will immediately know where to find it. They can then place the card on an RFID-enabled patch connected to a lab computer running Seed software and get access to wiring information, internet tutorials and sample projects.