NEW GUIDE: Plantagotchi PyBadge Plant Monitor @adafruit @johnedgarpark #adafruit

With this new guide, Plantagotchi: PyBadge Plant Monitor, you can build and code your own Plantagotchi — an adorable virtual plant friend to help you take care of your real potted plants and flowers!

We’ll use the PyBadge’s analog read capabilities to measure the moisture level of our potted plant’s soil. In fact, the dirt will act like one big variable resistor. When soil is dry, it’s not very conductive, so its resistance is high. Add water to the minerals in the soil and it will become more conductive, lowering the overall resistance.

Coded in MakeCode Arcade, this cute program displays a virtual plant with moods that track along with your real plants! A pair of nails and some alligator clip leads plugged into the PyBadge allow you to monitor the wetness/dryness of your soil. The onboard photocell measures light levels. Watch your virtual plant’s mood change right along with these real world measurements.


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