Smart Watering

Smart Watering

Results from course “Embedded Systems”
Single project 11/17

Elderly persons often find it difficult to water their remaining houseplants due to their advanced age and problems with lifting objects, but they still would like to preserve their plants. Hence the idea to install a (semi-) automated irrigation system to facilitate irrigation of the plants was born.

There are numerous possibilities to provide such a system. The group decided to build a system based on small specifications, that has the possibility to run automatically after doing a few settings, but that can also operated manually. Some suggestions and ideas came up, which helped us to get a rough overview of which systems did not yet exist and how we could set ourselves apart from existing products.

Our project “Smart Watering” is kept as small as possible in order to save space and make it work efficiently in corners and windowsills or similar places. It is used to water plants automatically. It is controlled via a Bluetooth interface, which makes watering with a watering obsolete. The system requires an Android-based smartphone that is equipped with our app with the name “Smart Watering”. The settings for the plant species are selected via a menu and the plant species determines the target value of the soil moisture in the pot of the plant. The pump is controlled by the system and can suck in water and pass it via a hose to the plant. The pump can be installed near a water barrel or other access points and gets its water supplies there. A sensor that measures the humidity of the soil and passes it on to the system simply has to be inserted into the soil of the plant.

More details about the project can be found in the wiki of the HRW FabLab:

“Embedded Systems” was developed as part of the Emscher-Lippe-hoch-4 project. On the project website of Emscher-Lippe-hoch-4 you will find more detailed information about the project as well as an overview of all results from “Embedded Systems”:

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