Space Plants approached Substation33 with a problem. We had a “flower power” plant sensor that measured light, temperature, moisture and fertiliser levels and talked to a phone app so you could see how a plant is doing. But if you’re not there with your phone, e.g. you go away for a weekend or on holiday, then you can’t see what’s happening and can’t do anything! So he asked us to help him talk to the sensor and push the data to the internet and help him with his vertical garden project!
The team at Substation helped us with the software and electronics. We used a Raspberry Pi computer to talk to the sensor and push this data up to the internet. It wakes up and sleeps for part of the day to save power. Substation33 also designed a circuit so the pi could control a water pump in the vertical garden from the internet. They used recycled laptop batteries for energy storage and charge these with a solar panel. Once the product is ready for sale Substation33 will be making the hardware out of e-waste and recycled lithium iron batteries to power our solar powered vertical gardens!
We also built Substation33 two beautiful vertical gardens for the Substation entrance.
Do you have a prototype project that Substation33 could help you get off the ground? Get in touch with the awesome team at Substation33 here