One would think the last place the latest “smart” tech is going to end up is one’s garden but the solution inspired technology has caught up with us even in our dirt. “Connect, Cultivate, Thrive” is a slogan of Edyn – the smart garden system that lets you know what’s happening in your garden at all times, all from the comfort of your plush sofa.
Designed with an idea to take the guess work out of gardening, this unique invention gathers and analyzes data about changing weather and soil conditions and displays data on a smart phone app providing a real-time snapshot of your garden and plant health. Furthermore, a separate component, the Edyn Water Valve, uses the data collected by the sensor to intelligently water your plants only when needed. What this amounts to is a real time tracking technology that keeps you connected to your garden 24/7. Yes, I know, another great reason to gaze at your smart phone while waiting for coffee at Starbucks.
Key Design and Functionality Features
What to Grow – a special sensor tracks light, humidity, temperature, soil nutrition and moisture, and then cross-references this information with plant, soil science and weather databases to recommend which plants will thrive.
How to Grow – Edyn continually monitors soil conditions and alerts you to changes that require immediate action. Expect a ping from Edyn detailing moisture levels, suggesting what type of organic fertilizer to use, and helping you find the optimal sunlight for every plant in your garden.
Automatic Watering – Water exactly when your plants need it and precisely the right amount. It automatically controls your existing water system based on data collected by the Garden Sensor, and even adapts to every change in the weather forecast.
Science Behind it – To test the soil in your garden, Edyn passes a harmless electrical signal through it and measures how that signal is altered or attenuated by water and soil additives, such as organic fertilizer, lime or compost. It then cross-references this information with Edyn’s database and the other members of the Edyn community.
Conceived by soil scientist Jason Aramburu and designed in collaboration with designer Yves Behar and his company Fuseproject, Edyn is the product of numerous years of research in farming communities in Panama and Kenya.
Jason explains “Edyn was created with the belief that understanding our environment is the first step towards conserving it. It represents our commitment to helping gardeners of all levels have the best success possible in not only growing plants but creating a thriving garden and being part of a community of like-minded growers. We’re using hardware and data to deliver actionable insights that’ll help those gardeners achieve their goals.”
Inserting into the earth like a shovel or stake, the edyn garden sensor industrial design creates a visual bridge between nature and technology that seems to blossom out of the earth.- Jason Behar.