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The technology that's transforming gardening
« on: May 24, 2013, 05:36:09 AM »
Via the BBC:

With the holiday weekend coming up and the weather (hopefully?) taking a turn for the better, many of us may start feeling a bit green-fingered and turn our attentions to a spot of gardening.

But one New York-based tech start-up is hoping that worrying about seasons will be a thing of the past when it comes to growing your own plants, fruit and veg.

Bitponics claims to be "your personal gardening assistant". The system it sells is a cloud-based hydroponics gardening manager.

Many people may only have heard of hydroponics in terms of growing cannabis, but actually it is widely used in farming.

Hydroponics basically involves growing plants without soil, instead using a reservoir of nutrient solutions in water.

What Bitponics strives to do is automate hydroponic systems.

The technology it has developed is an electronic box that has sensors attached. These sensors, or probes, go into the reservoir of your hydroponic system and monitor things like pH levels, temperature, humidity, and the data is then sent wirelessly to the cloud.

Two outlets let you plug in lights or pumps, which can be set on timers to aid growing.
Michael Doherty shows off Bitponics device Michael Doherty showcased Bitponics at the Tech Crunch start-up event in New York

A web app gives you a grow plan, which notifies you by text or email when when you need to add nutrients or change the water reservoir.

More at link.

It is an interesting idea, though it does depend on the tech infrastructure being maintained for it to work properly.

« Last Edit: May 24, 2013, 05:36:31 AM by EC »
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