Make an automated plant waterer with Intel Edison. via instructables
Automated watering of potted plants with Intel Edison… A Moisture Sensor detects the low moisture content of soil and activates the water pump or the solenoid valve which controls the flow of water. When the required water is pumped to the plants, the sensor automatically stops the pump / solenoid valve. It is a repeat process.
This is one of my original proposals submitted to Intel IoT Invitational where the Instructables HQ team seeded about 300+ community members with specially bundled kits under different themes. I was awarded a kit under “Environmental & Agriculture”.
The Intel Edison is based on Arduino Uno. I was new to Arduino and Intel Edison. So, when the first batch of recipients were announced and I got an email from instructables that I was wait-listed, I felt relieved. The reason being that I need not get into the process of something new which may take a month or two to learn even the basics. But when I got another mail that my proposal has been selected under “Environmental & Agriculture” I was happy. I am a learner, so Immediately I started my learning process, browsing through related websites, forums and collecting resource material. It took me almost two months to come to a beginner’s level and I can proudly say that I can do small projects with Intel Edison and develop my own simple Arduino code for such projects.
I have tried my level best to make this instructable as simple as possible with multiple steps explaining everything involved in this project so that anybody can replicate and use it in their home.
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