March 14, 2014

Remotely water plants while watering your own

And now for something completely different, we have a remote plant-watering system by Lucy Matchett, Nicole Yi Messier, and Joselyn McDonald. These three have designed a system that will control a remote plant-watering device which is triggered by watering a local plant. In other words, when you water you own - the other one will be too.

The system uses two Arduino boards that run the firmata sketch and then communicate with spaceBrew processing sketches and framework. This is an interesting open-source method of communicating between devices, and is worth a look in itself. Finally, the creators show us the final product in the following video:

Not the most practical of projects, but nevertheless an interesting demonstration of what is possible with Arduino and the Spacebrew interactive device toolkit. To learn more, visit the project Instructable page. And for more, we're on facebookGoogle+, and twitter - so follow us for news and product updates as well. 

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