As fresh as it can get, coding-savvy Kumar and Doherty spawned Bitponics just last year with a full-blown Kickstarter campaign launched in the summer of 2012. In 30 days they raised $23,662, exceeding their $20,000 goal, and made their hard-earned vision a reality: simplified gardening for anyone, anywhere, no matter where they live or what experience they have.
Bitponics is engineered to be an all-encompassing hydroponic experience and offers users automated control over the most important aspects of indoor gardening, including pH, water temperature, air temperature, light, humidity, and even electrical conductivity, if you so choose. The system is a sleek white base station with an Apple-esque sheen, two power inlets and three sensor connections. It takes little more than power cords, input jacks and a good Wi-Fi signal to take control of your garden.
At its core, the station acts as a real-time transmitter between your hydroponic garden and your computer, using a Wi-Fi signal to relay data. Bitponics will adjust your sensors to adhere to a specialized grow plan contained within your Bitponics cloud application, which is viewable on any computer or smart device, phone, pad or tablet. As reliable as a German timetable, the station will keep you up to date with scheduled SMS and email logs to notify you of your garden’s progress or any potential trouble. Since the whole system is accessed through a login page on the Bitponics website, you can control the settings for your garden from anywhere in the world.
Taking it one step further, the entire project is open-source and community-oriented. Kumar and Doherty encourage Bitponic users to interact with one another to build a shared database of successful grow plans. The device itself is even hackable and can be modified to make room for additional sensors or functionality. The only limits are your imagination and technical skills.
If you are skeptical whether Bitponics will work for you, not to worry. The device is compatible with any hydroponic system that has a nutrient reservoir, including aeroponics. It’s a hacker’s dream for do-it-yourselfers. Bitponics goes for $499 and will be available soon for pre-order through bitponics.com. Bring on the digital revolution!
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Friday, 27 September 2013