Connecting your garden to gadgets is not a new concept -- we've certainly seen our fair share of ideas for everything from letting plants tweet when they need water to automating a greenhouse. However, HarvestGeek is a project that wants to take this idea of automating the growing process to a new level, specifically making an open-source, wireless Internet of Things out of an urban gardener's plants as a way to push the urban gardening movement forward.
Gardener Mike Alt has come up with the idea, and thinks that making gardens and urban farms more techy is a great way to help new farmers find more success and streamline the efforts of more experienced farmers. In the process, the urban gardening movement -- from postage stamp-sized backyard gardens to urban farms housed in vacant lots -- can get a leg up from the rapidly advancing Internet of Things.
From the Kickstarter campaign:
We've built a sophisticated, yet easy to use device that will help remove the guesswork for new farmers and provide automation and optimization features for those more experienced. The device is deployed in your farm or garden to monitor the key environmental conditions for improving your yield. This information is relayed back to HarvestGeek where you are provided detailed analysis. This device has affectionately taken the name HarvestBot around the shop...
Basically, HarvestGeek helps you chart your progress, keep track of what works and what doesn't, get help or lend help to fellow gardeners, research growing techniques and styles, and get support from the farming community. You can use it to monitor air temperature, humidity, lighting, soil moisture, pH levels and more.
Here's more from the project's video:
HarvestGeek is currently looking for funding on Kickstarter and is hoping to raise $25,000 in less than a month to get the project off the ground. If you're interested in bringing more technology into your gardening, check out what HarvestGeek has to offer.