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DAMA

A smart planter that uses an Arduino and various sensors

to improve the relationship between plants and their caretakers.

Project:  Physical Computing

Duration: 4 Weeks

Team: Group of 2

THE PROJECT

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Physical computing. To make an ordinary object such as a table, lamp, or chair do some sort of computing task through Arduino.

THE PURPOSE

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Create a flower pot that uses coding and integrated technology to improve plant care. LED string lights project colors and patterns that are read by the caretaker. By letting the caretaker know when water is running low and providing balanced lighting, the planter can be beneficial to both caretaker and plant.

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THE FORM

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Material

Made from Elm and acquired from Second Use, a local salvage shop. Cut and glued to make a cube.

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Shape

The form of a sphere with a flat bottom was chosen for its simplicity and ability to blend in in any home.

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Development

To turn it from a cube to a sphere, the wood needed to be turned on a lathe. Both exterior and interior were done as such and the wood was further sanded, cut to insert the acrylic ring, and finished.

THE THREE SENSORS

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Temperature and Humidity sensor

When it is a rainy, cold day, the lights will balance it out with warm colors. If it’s a hot sunny day, it will project cool colors.

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Moisture sensor

If low moisture, the lights will be dim and show to the caretaker that the plant needs to be watered. An atmospheric sensor determines the light color.

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Capacitive sensor

Detects the caretaker. As they come close to the pot, the lights begin to “dance” and show  the caretaker that they are seen by the plant.

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