Getting swallowed by technology these days goes by a new buzzword ‘Internet of Things’. IoT as the name suggests isn’t about the ‘internet’ or ‘things’, it’s more about ‘us’ and ‘data’. The ultimate pitch of Internet of Things is to take the world to elevated evolutionary standards – in terms of technology matters. In the last few years, we’ve seen it all - smart homes, smart cars, smart watches, smart camera and now a smart garden. Yes! A smart garden!
Edyn – a smart garden system was developed to help gardening enthusiasts monitor and track environmental conditions in their foliage shrine. There are plenty of smart home gardening devices available that tells you when your plants need some TLC (like, Flower Power from Parrot that gives your houseplants the ability to complain ‘These weeds are tickling me Patrick!’).
San Francisco-based soil scientist Jason Aramburu has invented a smart garden system, as mentioned before known as Edyn, a solar powered soil monitor. Aramburu has previously worked with hundreds of Kenyan farmers helping them amplify crop yield. On returning to the US, Aramburu teamed with Yves Behar, renowned designer and he brains behind Fuseproject and Jawbone to start a new company.
This Wi-Fi connected gardening sensor and water valve can detect both soil quality and ambient conditions favorable for the growth of your choice of plants. When the sensor detects that your plant needs some water, Edyn’s iOS app automatically sends a message to (an optional) smart valve in order to hydrate the plant with the right amount of water.
The sensor and the valve combine solar power using lithium-ion batteries that recharge through integrated photovoltaic panels and connect to ‘Edyn Cloud’ via Wi-Fi. The system is easy to use even on cloudy days.
Coming back to Internet of Things, the data that is collected from a garden can be scrutinized and compared to various database conditions available in order to create tailored solutions. The sensor can also measure temperature, humidity, light intensity and soil electrical conductivity. An integrated mobile app delivers reports on various factors such as soil, moisture, nutrition and pH levels.
The mobile app providers the users a preview of prevailing conditions along with charts and graphs.
The smart garden system was founded with the aim to empower people to understand the environment. A Princeton University graduate in specializing in ecology and evolutionary biology science, Arumburu has since drawn experiences in using technology to help people create flourishing gardens.
“Understanding and quantifying the environment is the first step to conserving it and managing it in an impactful way,” says Arumburu.