First came the smart home; now it's time for the smart garden. Edyn is a solar-powered garden sensor that tracks environmental factors affecting plant growth, offering tailored recommendations to gardeners.
Priced from $79, the device was designed by American soil scientist Jason Aramburu in collaboration with Yves Behar, founder of San Francisco-based design studio Fuse Project.
Edyn is fitted with a sensor that tracks light conditions, humidity, temperature and soil quality. An accompanying smartphone app uses this data to make tailored recommendations for each user, adjusting its advice for plant type and location.
The app will alert users to the best time for planting, the correct fertiliser to use, and where best to place plants in the garden to ensure maximum sun exposure. A separate smart water valve monitors soil moisture and ambient weather conditions, automatically watering plants only when they need it.
Over time, Aramburu hopes to build up a database of information about which plants grow best in which climates – information that could prove valuable for local food producers around the world. The project has already raised more than $140,000 on crowdfunding website Kickstarter.
In recent months, the Internet of Things movement has been inspiring designers to experiment with connecting the natural world. Last year, tech firm Parrot released Flower Power, a plant-pot sensor that monitors plant health. Meanwhile, earlier this year, Philadelphia-based arts collective Data Garden unveiled the Midi Sprout, a biofeedback device that can turn plants into digital music makers.