Plant Pi: An Open Source Plant Environment Sensor #raspberrypi #piday @raspberry_pi
Jake Malley, Gabriel Barnes, and Alex Osborne are year 11 students at Frome College and they’ve made this great plant monitor using Raspberry Pi! Check out their website here for details on the full build.
What is it?
The Plant Pi allows users to monitor their plants environment over a web server using the Raspberry Pi and ATMEGA328P-PU micro controller connected via a RF24 transceiver.
The Pi creates its own WiFi network where WiFi enabled devices can connect to view the sensors, all you have to do is apply power.
But how does it work?
We have the ATMEGA328P-PU collecting the temperature, humidity, light intensity, rain intensity and soil moisture of a plant’s environment. This data is then sent using the RF24 transceiver to the Raspberry Pi. It is then received through a C++ script, sent to a Python script, then to a My SQL database and then into the PHP script to be displayed on the webpage.
Our idea is to help get everyone involved in gardening to help our environment. People find it hard to look after plants, having to water them knowing when, how much, where to put them. And we’re all just so busy!
So what our project allows you to do is to monitor your plant and its environment from anywhere around the world, you just need to connected to the internet. You could be in a cafe, or sitting at your desk at work and you would have a live update of how your plants are doing and if say it needed a little watering well you could just press a button and hey presto!
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