Now that Apple’s first sortie into smart home territory has been revealed, humanitarian underpants entrepreneur/ergonomic chair wizard/all-around industrial design superstar Yves Béhar is already vying to bring connectivity outside of the home and into the garden with a solar-powered, WiFi-connected smart horticulture system named Edyn.
While not, at this point anyway, an Apple HomeKit partner like Béhar’s much-anticipated August Smart Lock system due to launch later this summer, Edyn does fit snugly into the scheme of (the Internet of) things: it’s a clever little smartphone-controlled device outfitted with an array of sensors that monitor soil conditions, humidity, light, temperature, etc. all in an effort to help make you a smarter — or at the very least, more successful/less stressed out — gardener.
“Whether you’re a novice gardener or managing a small-scale organic farm, Edyn is there to take the guesswork out of gardening,” explains the Edyn Kickstarter campaign page. Although the crowdfunding campaign went live just earlier today, this brownthumb-reversing gizmo is already steadily on its way in reaching its $100,000 goal.
Edyn itself was designed by Béhar's design firm, fuseproject, in collaboration with young entrepreneur and Princeton-educated soil scientist, Jason Aramburu, who serves as the system’s founder. He explains in a press release:
Edyn was created with the belief that understanding our environment is the first step towards conserving it. It represents our commitment to helping gardeners of all levels have the best success possible in not only growing plants but creating a thriving garden and being part of a community of like-minded growers. We’re using hardware and data to deliver actionable insights that’ll help those gardeners achieve their goals.
One Edyn Garden Sensor can cover up to 250-square-foot of soil. The device can also be used indoors provided that there’s adequate ambient light/indoor grow lights for the solar panels to charge the battery. The device is completely resistant to sun, rain, and agricultural chemicals.
Perhaps the niftiest feature of the system is the separate Edyn Water Valve component that, like the Edyn Garden Sensor, connects wirelessly to the Edyn cloud and is solar-powered:
Let there be water — exactly when your plants need it and precisely the right amount. Unlike pre-set sprinklers, the Edyn Water Valve automatically controls your existing water system based on data collected by the Garden Sensor, and adapts to every change in the weather forecast. You’ll save water, lower your utility bills and never worry about thirsty plants again. You can also use the Edyn app to manually control the Water Valve, allowing you to water your plants from anywhere.
Tech-savvy greenthumbs (or greenthumbs-in-the-making): Think you'll order the system for yourself?
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