NEW PRODUCT – Chirp! The Plant Watering Alarm
Let’s be honest – the hardest part about owning a houseplant is not killing it. And the hardest part about not killing your houseplant, at least for us, is remembering to water it. The Chirp! Plant Watering Alarm is a new device from wemakethings that helps extend the life of your plant by reminding you to water it.
It’s really simple to use. You just stick the inconspicuous black PCB into your plant’s soil with a CR2032 battery in it, click the button on the back to set the “dry point,” then water your precious houseplant. The device then senses the moisture in your soil and “chirps” through a piezo whenever your plant reaches that dry point again – reminding you that your plant is thirsty!
This product does not come with a CR2032 battery but you can pick one up here!
That’s just the basic function of the device. It’s also completely hackable and customizable – connect to it over I2C to interact with your Chirp! and log light and moisture data for ultimate houseplant control. Or be creative and come up with a bunch of cool plant hacks.
For more info on how the Chirp! works, check out their informative website. The moisture sensor is also entirely open source and all the code and schematics are available here.
Have an amazing project to share? Join the SHOW-AND-TELL every Wednesday night at 7:30pm ET on Google+ Hangouts.
Join us every Wednesday night at 8pm ET for Ask an Engineer!
Learn resistor values with Mho’s Resistance or get the best electronics calculator for engineers “Circuit Playground” – Adafruit’s Apps!
Maker Business — How Authority and Decision-Making Differ Across Cultures
Wearables — Template commitment
Electronics — Desolder with… more solder!
Biohacking — The TRI-Analyzer Turns Smartphones into a Mobile Lab
No comments yet.
Sorry, the comment form is closed at this time.