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UPDATE: The Germinator is Alive!

A couple weeks ago, we shared the projects our team in Logroño built for the Digi Employee Hackathon. Here is quick  update on ‘The Germinator Plus’ project. These pictures were taken two weeks after planting and as you can see, the project is in full force!

The Germinator Plus makes it easy to adjust the environment for different species of plants by using Device Cloud, XBee, a microcontroller, and sensors. The sensors monitor heat, light, and water levels and the system maintains the conditions needed for that species of plant. Read more about the project in the full Digi Employee Hackathon post.

Sensors and Cloud Connection Enable Self-Sustaining Garden

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You may have heard of the Digi Garden over the last few years as it is always a fun project to share.

Using some sensors, a couple XBees, and a ConnectPort Gateway the garden is self-sustaining. The laborious task of watering is completely eliminated.  The drip watering system is triggered once the soil moisture hits a certain threshold. A garden that is able to monitors itself requires less time to maintain and saves water in the process.

Here is a list of the hardware involved:

  • 3 Decagon Radio Towers containing XBees
  • Water Potential, Soil Moisture, Ambient Light/Temperature/Humidity Sensors
  • Water Pump
  • Drip Watering System
  • ConnectPort Gateway
  • Solar Panel and Battery

Using Device Cloud, data gathered by each of the sensors can be stored and processed. The data can then be transformed into visualizations and used in applications. We also have alarms set within Device Cloud, which allow us to solve issues that arise before any serious harm is done to the garden.

Since its inception, the Digi Garden is something we have looked forward to every summer. We get TONS of vegetables and every year we try to make technological improvements that enhance the garden in some way. Now if only we had a weed-pulling robot!

Below, Andrew will walk you through the garden and show you how it all works.

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