Caring For Your Plants Has Never Been Easier

Caring For Your Plants Has Never Been Easier

Research shows having plants in a home not only improves the aesthetics of a home, but also provide health benefits including toxin removal from the air, mood improvement, and an increase in memory retention and focus. No wonder why homeowners have plants throughout their home to take advantage of these benefits. In today’s busy world, it is easy to forget to nutrify, water, and monitor the condition of the plants to maximize their lifetime. To address this, homeowners need an easy and cost-effective solution that monitors the health of their plants, so they provide the appropriate care.

Solution

NXPs Rapid IoT prototyping kit can be used to develop a smart botanical garden. The kit integrates eleven NXP devices in a small form-factor hardware design and combines it with proven software enablement and a web IDE with GUI based programming. Refer to Figure 1 for the complete block diagram. You can get one by clicking here.

Rapid IoT provides the easiest path for anyone to take an idea to a proof-of-concept by simplifying the design process. It eliminates the need to write code and integrates all the necessary functions required by an IoT device including the ability to sense, think, and act.

Rapid IoT Prototyping Kit Block Diagram

Figure 1. Rapid IoT Prototyping Kit Block Diagram

 

Design Considerations and Implementation

Figure 2 shows the botanical garden conceptual design. Through a smart phone app, you can monitor and control the temperature, humidity, and ambient light via BLE communication. For data storage and enhanced communication capability, the smart phone device and/or botanical garden control unit should be able to transmit/receive data from the cloud via Wi-Fi or 4G connectivity.

A humidifier and external pump are added to water the plants and add humidity as necessary.

Botanical Garden Design with Rapid IoT

Figure 2. Botanical Garden Design with Rapid IoT

To design this botanical garden using the Rapid IoT kit, the following criteria is considered:

  1. The control unit should have a UI to locally monitor the temperature, humidity, and ambient light.
  2. The smart device should have a UI to wirelessly manage and control the control unit via BLE or Wi-Fi.
  3. Data processed and acquired can be uploaded securely to the cloud for future analysis.

Hardware and Software needed:

  1. Rapid IoT kit
  2. Docking station
  3. Smart phone
  4. Rapid IoT online IDE

Results

The Rapid IoT design combines the rapid IoT kit with a docking station expansion board to control a GPIO pin that switches the humidifier and/or pump on or off per commands sent via BLE from a smart phone. The temperature, humidity, and ambient light sensors are set to read data every second, but this interval can be changed according to the application requirements. The control unit and smartphone UI were designed using the Rapid IoT Studio IDE tool without writing a single line of code.

Figure 3 and 4 show the Rapid IoT IDE studio design and the complete setup. Figure 5 and 6 show the Rapid IoT smart phone UI design and the application, which is used to wirelessly monitor and control the environment around the plants.

All the necessary files to build and test this design can be found here.

Rapid IoT Studio – Function Design

Figure 3. Rapid IoT Studio – Function Design

 

Rapid IoT Kit Hardware – Complete setup

Figure 4. Rapid IoT Kit Hardware – Complete setup

 

Rapid IoT Studio –Smart Phone UI Design

Figure 5. Rapid IoT Studio –Smart Phone UI Design

 

Botanical Garden Smart Phone Application

Figure 6. Botanical Garden Smart Phone Application

 

Need Help?

If you have a question or concern, you can post it in our Rapid IoT community page by clicking here.

 

Additional Resources

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Step-by-Step Easy to Follow Setup Instructions

Stuck on something? Post your questions in the Rapid IoT community page

 

Research Sources:

https://www.healthline.com/health/importance-plants-home

Javier Solorzano and Kenney Qu
Javier Solorzano and Kenney Qu
In close collaboration, Kenney Qu, MCU SW engineer for MICR MCU SW team, and Javier Solorzano, Segment Marketing Manager for Industrial and IoT, are exemplifying NXPs mission to develop solutions that make lives safer, better, and easier by using NXPs Rapid IoT prototyping kit to quickly take an idea to proof of concept.

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