Hydroponic gardens have become one of the most popular gardening methods for urban gardeners and provide them with a great way to pursue their passion for gardening with limited resources and little space. To make hydroponic gardening more of an exact science than a guessing game, a new startup called Bitponics has created a system which allows gardeners to monitor plant conditions more precisely. The service basically allows hydroponic gardeners to embed a host of sensors and other hardware within their garden which can measure various factors like soil pH, brightness and humidity as well as air and water temperature.
Customers can then create an account on Bitponics’ website where they would be asked to provide information on the kind of set up they have and the type of plants they are growing. Users can then let the website create a plan for their specific needs and make suggestion on the conditions best suited to the plants a user has. Alternatively, users can also custom create a plan for their plants. The hardware embedded within a user’s hydroponic garden then syncs the data provided by the gardener online or the plan chosen by them.
Its sensors collect data regarding the conditions present in a user’s hydroponic garden and the data is processed by the website which then analyzes it and displays this data to the user when they log onto their account. If the user so chooses, the device can also be set on a timer which would enable Bitponics to alter water and light provisions automatically. Data can also be manually entered in the system since the firmware and device are both open source. The Kickstarter project reached its funding goal in June and expects to begin shipping Bitponics kits to customers at a suggest price of $395 by the end of the month.
Via: Spring Wise