It’s cold in Toronto and I love hot peppers, I also neglect my plants. I want to be able to grow delicious hot peppers year-round.
Because of these reasons I modified a 3.2 cubic foot refrigerator and jam-packed it full of processors, sensors, electricity, dirt, nutrients and water to build a learning, fully-automated indoor garden system.
- control moisture and temperature in soil
- control a UV, IR and ‘full-spectrum’ light source(s)
- camera capture growth progress with ability to ‘time-lapse’ and view in real-time
- share configurations (“grow plan”) with other users
- monitor air and soil health
- low cost, high efficiency
- eliminate odours with a blower & carbon filter
I will also be able to control all of this from my mobile phone.
The on-board API / web interface logs all events and performs actions based on real-time updates such as :
- Turn on the exhaust fan when the temperature / humidity reaches a certain threshold
- Turn off the grow-lights after a certain number of hours
- Store settings in order to share and replicate future grow-cycles
- View the camera as well as historical time-lapse videos
- Maybe something fun with OpenCV