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@Kaustubh Katdare • 01 Jul, 2013
Ever thought of farm automation? Devon, from esologic.com loves tomato farming and his latest Raspberry Pi project allows for automation of the tomato farm. Well don't run your brains faster - because the system basically controls the water supply to the tomato mini-farm; but Devon's work on monitoring and collecting the data from the sensors would make it easier to add features to the system in future. We definitely like what Devon has achieved and have a video of the entire system in action.

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The moisture sensors (see above photo) keep check on the soil in which the tomato plants are growing. But those are coupled with the temperature and light sensors as well. When the plants are at the seed stage, these sensors allow for the temperature control through heating mat. The light sensors would definitely be useful to provide the plants with the necessary light they need. The future setup may include a motorised bed which would raise the plants to the bulbs so that they don't have to works extra to get enough light.

Check out following video in which Devon explains the project in detail. We think this could be an interesting DIY or your third year mini-project using Raspberry Pi.

@Harshad Italiya • 02 Jul, 2013 Another innovative use of Raspberry Pi. Bunch of Raspberry Pi and Sensor network can be used for smart farming. Looking forward to see some good idea based on this demo.
@Ashraf HZ • 02 Jul, 2013 I will be on 1 week break next month, I think I will spend some serious time with the RPi.
@Harshad Italiya • 02 Jul, 2013
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I will be on 1 week break next month, I think I will spend some serious time with the RPi.
Looking forward to see your progress on CE if possible please do it. One quick-start guide for RPi on CE.
@Ashraf HZ • 09 Jul, 2013
Harshad Italiya
Looking forward to see your progress on CE if possible please do it. One quick-start guide for RPi on CE.
I will work on RPi after the arduino one. My plan is to use it for image processing with a webcam attached to it. There are two projects I was aiming to use this for: At home (security) & the car (detecting cars and other obstacles). Though the car project will still have to wait until I can get my hands on some cheap LIDAR alternatives, lol.
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