I recently attended the GeekWire Cloud Summit in Seattle, and listened to a great fireside chat with Kevin Scott, the CTO of Microsoft. Although he covered a wide range of subjects, he touched on how some Azure customers are using IoT to add value to the agriculture industry. That was all it took for me to start shopping around for some parts to see if I could spin up a proof of concept.
This project isn’t finished yet, but I have reached the first milestone- get soil humidity of plants. I’ll follow up with another post as I build out the notification system.
I’m not the green thumb of the house- that’s Lindsey’s specialty. I do, however, enjoy having lots of greenery around my desk. I often neglect my plants (poor babies) and although I haven’t killed any yet, they get pretty sad when they’re not watered.
I’d like to be notified when the plants are drying out. I can use a simple sensor (hygrometer) to detect soil humidity, and use that data to establish some thresholds around alerting.