Edyn is a solar-powered smart garden monitor. It includes a soil sensor that can track light, humidity, temperature, nutrients, moisture and acidity to give personalized recommendations about what will grow best, what fertilizer to use, and when and how much to water. There’s also a water valve that hooks up to the hose connected to your sprinkler system, or drip system to automatically maintain the right moisture levels without overwatering.
Once planted amongst your plants, the soil probe designed by Yves Béhar's Fuseproject passes a small electrical current through the soil to measure its various properties. Data is streamed over WiFi to the Edyn cloud service (free, at least to Kickstarter backers), where it’s analyzed and compared to database of thousands of plants and their ideal growing conditions. The results are accessible through a mobile app that provides a live snapshot of your garden’s health, and if the moisture is low the water valve will turn on the sprinklers for you.
Both the valve and the probe are designed for outdoor use, which means they are resistant to water, temperature, dirt and fertilizer. Internal lithium-polymer batteries recharge themselves from solar cells, and the devices reduce their power consumption on cloudy days. In response to customer feedback, the designers decided to upgrade the battery to last 7 years before needing to be replaced.
One Edyn sensor covers about 250 square feet of garden; larger gardens or small farms will need more.. And yes, they’ll work indoors too. Currently the product is being used in beta testing with community gardens and farms in the Bay Area with participants saving an average of $50/acre/year using the system.
Edyn’s Kickstarter runs through July 8th, and the sensors should be ready in March 2015 -- just in time for the growing season. See the video below to learn more.
Author: Ted Burnham