The Solar-powered Edyn Garden Sensor and Water Valve


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Solar-powered Edyn Garden Sensor and Water Valve use Wi-Fi to constantly monitor small changes occurring in a garden’s ecosystem to provide gardeners with guidance tailored to their particular land and plants.

The Wireless Garden of Edyn: Changing How Gardeners Grow Food

The Edyn Garden Sensor is a wireless, solar-powered device that uses the Internet to track changes in soil and the environment around farms. Then, the sensor sends information to farmers about light, temperature, soil nutrition, and other information regarding her/his farm via an app. As a result, farmers know more about what their crops need.

Edyn, formerly known as Soil IQ, was founded in 2013 by soil scientist Jason Aramburu with the vision of changing the way people with small gardens or farms grow food.

Aramburu explains the impetus behind the venture at a TechCrunch Disrupt meet in San Francisco in 2013: “The reality in this country, and much of the world, is that most of our food is produced on [factory farms]. These farms are great for producing corn, soybeans, grains, but not so good for producing healthy food. [They are] also bad for the environment.”

The Edyn team of scientists, technologists, and designers has since set out to develop a user-friendly smart gardening system which may make it easier for even the most inexperienced gardeners to grow their own nutritious and organic food.

Once planted into a garden’s soil and connected to Wi-Fi, the Edyn Garden Sensor measures conditions like humidity, temperature, moisture, soil nutrition, pH, and light in that garden on a continuous basis. This collected data is cross-referenced with existing plant databases, soil science, and weather information to provide users with guidance tailored to their specific land and plants. The information is then conveyed to gardeners through the Edyn app allowing gardeners to know more about when their plants need fertilizer, light, and water. Users are not only alerted to current changes, but they can also access historical trends unique to their local environment.

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Willem Van Cotthem

Honorary Professor of Botany, University of Ghent (Belgium). Scientific Consultant for Desertification and Sustainable Development.