Openpicus Flyport has been recently used in several applications for controlling plants and greenhouses with sensors.We saw the first application in the field during the first Hackitaly Hackathon, when Kunerango team – consisting of six engineering students, who recently released a new social application to encourage study groups and real-time collaboration among students – created Plantcare.We asked them to tell us how and why they tackled this problem: avoid plants suffer when you are away from home for a long time.“We love the carnivorous plants and in particular Dionaea Muscipula: a plant that always requires high soil moisture. That’s why we thought to use Flyport, the Grove Nest and humidity and temperature sensors to control a remote web-based and mobile system for plant caring.
The concept is simple: the humidity sensor is into the soil and our server collects data remotely.
Each plant has different needs so when you add a new sensor in the front page of our website, you will be asked what kind of plant are you monitoring and will be offered with the range of temperature and humidity recommended for that. When the server receives critical data, user is alerted and will be possible (ongoing work!) to remotely activate a water pump to water the plant. All this can be controlled directly from a smartphone and can also tweet the status of the plant.
Another fun idea that we had, in the Hackathon context: if you are good at caring your plants you are rewarded thanks to an integration with the gamification services from Beintoo”
As always with Hackathons the Kunerango team experience gave us a lot of feedback: “Despite our skills relate more with mobile and web programming, our first impression Flyport was very friendly! The libraries are excellent and working with an OOP paradigm (in C) gave a boost to the development. It’s really easy to implement in practice an idea!
If there is a lack that we felt was the absence of an IDE for OSX though, using a virtual machine, the drivers have not had problems (using VMWare Fusion). ” …We know guys! Working on it!
In recent days, another hacker from our community, Diego, who also designed the excellent HTTPicus library, has published the needed code as well as an a how-to on building a very similar web service.
Do you love plants? it’s time to prove it!