Transform a garden into a smart one. It might make you think about other similar initiatives. But this ongoing one has a very particular taste: It is made by Adolfo, a 14 years old man! And what is very interesting is that he is more focus on the evolution of its project than on the challenges he is facing every day.
What’s the project story?
The smart garden is the extension of a project I have done in the context of the digital fabrication course given in my school named Unidad educativa del milenio. This program is a special program to sensitize us to digital fabrication. It has been created by the FabLab Yachay and animated by the team. I have attended each Friday for 2 hours a course about mechanical for 10 months. During this year, I have worked on a connected house using Arduino and sensors. Really motivated by the technology, I came back to the Lab during the summer holidays to learn about digital design and resume a project of the Fablab: the smart garden. The idea is to add new functionalities by using new sensors.
How the workshop was useful to you?
Thanks to the lab, I can spend time on my hobby. All is there, great teachers, great machines, and a great place. I really enjoy coming to every day.
What’s the project’s greatest success so far?
Up to know, the greatest success is the integration of the humidity sensor. It was a big challenge because I had to learn how to dialogue with it and to understand how to connect it to the Arduino.
What’s your vision for the project & next steps?
The short-term step is to integrate light to be able to make growing plants whatever the weather. The long-term step is to bring all the accumulated knowledge to the real agricultural field which is all around the lab.