What Is It:
The Smart Planter detects when a plant is too cold/hot, if it is not getting enough light, and if it needs to be watered. This was achieved using a Grove temperature sensor, Grove moisture sensor, and a Grove light sensor. Once wired up the planter argon will send the data to Ubidots to be graphed (Figure 3) as well as to two other argons that output the data via serial (see diagrams below). When any of the three sensors fall below or above a set temperature, moisture or light limit the device will send an email to the user. This can easily be done with Ubidots events. We used Golden Pothos for this project and set our values accordingly. We are alerted if the temperature falls below 10°C or rises above 32°C, when the moisture level is above 50, or when the light level is below 47.
What Problem are you solving?
Figure 1: Completed planter and ubidots dashboard
Growing plants indoors can be hard, especially for a beginner. Often people get a plant only to watch it die a few days later without any clue as to why. We came up with the Smart Planter for the simple reason that most plants die because they are improperly watered, are exposed to less-than-ideal temperatures, or don’t receive enough light. With the help of this project, the Smart Planter will monitor these three plants' needs and send an email to you if they need attending.
How is it useful?
Figure 2: We used a Golden Pothos as our test plant. It gave the planter a 10/10
This project is super useful as it prevents someone from having to constantly buy new plants to replace a dead one, thus saving money and time. It also reduces the time spent nursing a dying plant because the three basic plant needs are monitored from the beginning and available to see from your fingertips.
Ubidots Live Dashboard
Why would someone want it?
Figure 3: Ubidots dashboard
We believe that everyone who is in love with plant life should investigate this project. It is very cost-effective as the components needed are inexpensive, the base is 3D printed, and you wouldn't need to constantly buy new plants when the old ones die. Once everything is set up and completed you don’t have to worry about your plant dying without any solution. Knowing what your plant needs makes it easier to take care of. The planter itself is also easy to make as it requires no soldering skills.
What makes your solution novel?
Figure 4: Argon with all the sensors wired to it
We believed that the solution is novel because it monsters three of your plant's needs instead of just one. It is also unique because it sends messages to your email meaning you don’t have to be by your plant or even at home to know how it’s doing.
How are your newly acquired IOT skills allowing you to bring such a solution alive?
Figure 5: Planter fresh off the printer
This project wouldn’t be possible without a microcontroller to collect and send out the needed data. This project also helped us become better teammates as in the event we ran into a problem we would reach out to the group and see to it that the problem was solved.
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